Monday, November 12, 2007

nuts and questions for today!

Why is a peanut a legume? check out this site.

We checked out a video at the library, called See How They Grow, Farm Animals

These are some of the questions....

People and cows are mammals, does that mean we graze all day?
Jessica asked "How does it feel to be a milked, if you were a cow?"
Mom answered, "Well, when you are big and grown up, and you have your own kids, when they nurse you might understand!"
Shane said, "If I had a pet lamb, I would be sure to give it milk every day...!"
Why do lambs have long tails when they are little?
I found the answer at A lamb is born with a long tail that can drag in the dirt and manure. Because the shepherd wants to keep the lamb healthy and clean, he "docks" or shortens the tail. This is done in one of two ways. Sometimes a special rubber-band is placed around the tail. This cuts off the blood supply to the tail and causes the tail to fall off in 7 to 10 days. A shepherd can also use a special pair of electric scissors. They are very hot, like a curling iron, and when the shepherd makes the cut, the heat of the scissors stops the bleeding instantly. This is called "cauterization." A lamb's tail is soft and made of cartilage, so removing the tail doesn't hurt much. Take your thumb and finger and pinch the top part of your ear or the tip of your nose. These are made of cartilage, same as a lamb's tail.


Since I like to keep the topics interesting...

I am now letting the kids watch E.T. ---

I can't wait to hear the questions !


Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I hope you'll come back. I'll come back to visit you. You have a nice blog...doesn't look like a beginner at all!

Have a great evening.
Dana (Sunshine)

jcbce said...

Yep, we raised lambs for 4-H in high school on the farm. Docking the tails was way easier than "fixing" the boy lambs...but that's a whole 'nother story, LOL!!!