Here is an update of some of our lambs.
Her is 22's baby girl buried in her hay, this face is begging to be snuggled.
We choose to individually separate all the mothers and lambs for at least the first week post lambing. We do this for a few reasons. First, it is much easier for a mother to get her lambs the proper milk intake if they do not have to walk all over the larger pen to get grain, hay and water. When I first had my daughter and we were working on our nursing skills I really didn't move much from the couch, my focus was getting the hang of keeping a baby alive with just my body. We provide the same concept for the ewes, only without the couch. Putting the mothers in separate pens also allows up to monitor their health at a closer level. I can tell how much each ewe has drank or hay she has eaten, if she is starting to feel off I can identify it much quicker. If there is a sick lamb they are much easier to identify, grab and treat.
Remember our first female lamb of the season? She is still adorably cute and growing.
Here she is learning how to eat grain from her mother, 19. I am going to have to think of a name for her, open to suggestions!
The triplets are growing quite well. It appears that we will be able to keep them all with their mother.
There are nine or so ewes yet to lamb, come cute babies to come!
21 had her baby the other day while we turned our backs.
He is another almost all white lamb, the second one this season to look this way.
He has the most unique markings on his face. It looks like he has a mustache and that someone has painted horns between his eyes and ears.
At the right angle he reminds me of a Dias de Los Muertos skull.
It will be very interesting to see what the markings look like after his wool comes in.
Lambing 2016 is only 4 days away! After the freezing cold lambing season of last year, we made the decision to turn our buck out later and have March lambs. Based on breeding dates, is March 11th, though it could start sooner. We have spent the last few days getting the barn ready for the impending Lambegedon.
Due March 11th are Downy, Bossy, Bixler's Girlfriend, 11, 22, 21, and 19.
Below on the left is 21, this will be her first time lambing, she is really starting to fill out in her stomach area. To the right is Blerta, she is due March 16th.
Jesse used the nice warm weather this past Sunday to clean out an area in the barn where we will build lambing pens.
I spend my twilight hours evaluating the rear ends of the girls, might they lamb tonight, or are there a few days yet?
I have also upgraded my technology. Last year I put a poor farmer's Closed Circuit TV in our barn, (it's a baby monitor I bought at Walmart). This year I purchased a newer model that has two cameras and improved visibility (I also have the option to play lullaby's to the sheep). Now all we have to do is wait for nature......
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