Our breeders put their heads together to make a list of questions about Babydoll Sheep that are often asked...
Q. Do Babydoll sheep need shearing?
A. Yes, they need shearing once a year.
Q. What do you use the wool for?
A. The fleece can be sold to the wool store. Prices for broader, short staple wool have recently collapsed so the commercial return for Babydoll fleece is relatively poor. The springy Babydoll fleece makes good stuffing for cushions, doonas and similar items. If all else fails, it makes good mulch in the garden.
Q. What do you feed Babydoll Sheep?
A. Babydoll Sheep do well on pasture like all breeds of sheep. They are efficient feeders and generally do not need supplementary feeding except when there is insufficient grass (eg drought) or in late pregnancy and early lactation. Supplementary feed could be hay, grain or sheep pellets. Any new feed should be introduced slowly. Refer to information from your State agriculture department about suitable feeds for sheep and calculating rations.
Q. What lick blocks do my sheep need?
A. General information from state agricultural departments suggests ensuring that your sheep are getting adequate levels of energy and protein before worrying about minerals and vitamins. A loose lick of equal parts of agricultural lime, coarse salt and Causemag is relatively inexpensive, easy to make and commonly recommended for use with sheep by these departments and other research bodies such as Australian Wool Innovation.
Q. Should I get ewes, rams or wethers?
A. This depends on your goals. See Buying Babydoll Sheep - Choices. To state the obvious, if you don't want to breed sheep then don't get a ram.
Q. Do Babydoll Sheep make good pets?
A. Generally Babydoll Sheep are fairly docile and easy to tame and train. Typical behaviours that can be learned are running up to greet people, following a bucket around the farm and accepting chin scratches and patting. Small amounts of hay and pellets are a powerful incentive! Ewes and wethers are the best option if you want Babydoll pets. Some rams that are encouraged to get overly familiar can become dangerous when they reach maturity.
Q. What fences do I need?
A. Babydoll Sheep are generally fairly easy on fences. A well strained hinge-joint wire fence is generally adequate. They can also be trained to use electric fences.