How to tell a girl lamb from a boy lamb

When we have visitors, they often ask how we always know, without going up close to our sheep and lambs what sex they are.

Observation is the key, the adults are easy but with new born lambs all you have to do is wait.

Girl lambs pee sitting down !

35 thoughts on “How to tell a girl lamb from a boy lamb

  1. Yep, so true!

  2. Another nugget of information i will store away for the future smallholding plan!Thanks, kathy

  3. Hahaha…
    Easy to know the difference.
    Good shot! =)

  4. These are so cute…. What a blessing!

  5. Sorry to be rude, Irene, but I think all this business of the difference between girl and boy lambs, well it's just bollocks!
    We've just had our first lamb of the year arrive and … it's a boy.

  6. Stuart and Gabrielle,

    I'm shocked – dangly bits is what I call them…

    …and how lucky boys are to be able to pee standing up !

    Good luck for the lambing you two, it's a lovely time of the year but be careful, it's when Fabrice and I argue the most !!

  7. Anonymous


    I would love to talk to you about an issue that I feel is a hot topic in environmental news and something that most families are intrigued to read about. I have written an article that I think your readers would be interested in seeing on your blog.

    I'm looking to promote that idea that by encouraging grocery shoppers to branch out from their usual selections and to join the local food movement, they can help provide a healthy food choice for their families and create a more sustainable agricultural system.

    Kori Bubnack

  8. God bless you and above all else, guard your heart for it affects everything else you do.

    Have a nice day 🙂

  9. Beware the commetn from "carly" that has appeared on several blogs I watch and we got it too (but I didn't post it). Her question wasn't specific and her profile isn't visible, I suspect Internet nastiness afoot! The next comment down is a strange one too, click on his profile.
    We're looking forward to your next post and photos impatiently!

  10. love! you are the Blog of the week on my blog this week:)

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  13. Hi…I have just read every single post here and smiled and cried the whole way through. I do hope you will return here, but I will book mark your site to come back to in the meantime. Your garden and lifestyle is very inspiring!

  14. I found your blog yesterday went through it from begining to end and have fallen in love with france and your beautiful life. I have always dreamed of a life away from it all you have made me see how possible it really is, thank you so much for this. I sure hope you come back to your blog I would love to hear more.

  15. Lotte

    Yes, please continue to Blog! You are a gifted writer with an amazing vision.


  16. Hello. You have been silent for so long. Hope that all is well and you'll be back one day

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  18. Just want to know if there are going to be any post in our future? We would love to know how your christmas was this year. Hope you are well, Merry Christmas <3

  19. Cool page. I like the topic here.

  20. I cannot find a web page only the blog for you. I am looking for 2 or more young female angora goats and wondered if you would have any for sale this year. I live in Aquitaine.

    my email is:

    I look forward to hearing from you.

  21. Yes, I agree. It is really easy to see the difference between a male and female lamb.

  22. Jacqui

    Hi Katie.
    My name is jacqui Pankhurst follington and I am the daughter in law of John marsden.Johns wife(my mother in law) gave me some of your lovely angora wool and I wondered if you could sell me some more.My email address is.
    Look forward to hearing from you.

  23. Very interesting topic here in your site. Keep on posting this kind of topics. Very useful indeed.

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  25. It's been quite a while between posts. I hope you and yours are doing well. You're probably working hard, making a living and enjoying what you do 🙂

  26. interesting and useful topic,thanks

  27. Hi, I just found your blog after seeing your garden on fennel and fern. I am an American and I just wanted you to know that you are an inspiration. I hope everything is just so very busy is why you haven't blogged in so long. I hope you might find some time soon and do an update. You are very blessed to live the life you live (which I am sure you know).

  28. Hi there,
    I have found your nice farm blog, which I really like it. I enjoyed to read your posts and stories. Hopefully, you will continue it.
    I was wondering if you would be interested in sharing your posts and ideas on Glipho? It's a quite new social publishing platform for bloggers, where you can connect to major of social network accounts.

  29. Anonymous

    There haven't been any new posts for quite some time. Hope all is OK. Looking forward to hearing about your latest adventures …

  30. I echo the previous post.Have followed your posts for ages.Hope everything's OK.

  31. Anonymous

    Hi Hardworkinghippy and Fabrice,

    I'm totally fascinated by your work and as well really interested by how you've conceived your home in the permaculture's way. I didn't know how to contact you so i use your blog's comments…
    Me and my family (Anthony and Hanna-2y) are off on year to travel around in the south of France, to meet alternatives' way of leaving and being (by woofing and volunteering for example).
    We're the next month close to the Dordogne and we would like to visit this region. i have to say that i would love to see your place and speak with you about yours choices and lives. so i wanted to know if it would be possible for you to receive us, for a short visit, one of the end of weeks of april.
    If you're open to that, thanks you to answer me to to check our dates.

    Thanks a lot for your attention.

  32. Anonymous

    Hello hardworkinghippy,

    Like some others in these comments, I am completely inspired by your blog and flickr photostream. My fiance and I are Americans interested in permaculture in South France, and I would love to ask you a brief question or two about your experience, if you wouldn't mind e-mailing me: anubite [at]

    Thank you in advance!

  33. Anonymous

    Hi hardworkinghippy,
    we are a family living in Russia and learning a lot about permaculture. Currently searching for some land to buy and start farming there. I would really appreciate if you could contact me, so that I could write to you back about some things that we are very much interested in and that is VERY important for us. I don't mention that I LOVУ your pictures!!!

    I'm galina

  34. Anonymous

    Bonjour, je vous laisse un commentaire car je n'arrive pas à vous envoyer de mail.

    Nous sommes actuellement en train d'acheter, avec mon compagnon, une ferme dans le Pays Basque.

    Nous projetons d'élever des chèvres angora et de produire des fruits et des légumes en permaculture. Mon compagnon s’intéresse également à la traction (pour le maraichage ainsi que le débardage). Nous visons l'autonomie sur la ferme, au niveau alimentaire mais également énergétique.
    Nous voudrions savoir si cela était possible de venir visiter votre ferme…
    Merci d'avance

    Nelly et Raphaël

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