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lambs go outside

Because our barn is on top of a hill all the paddocks slope downhill.  We kept the lambs in the barn with their mothers for a few days until they 'found their legs'.  Today they went outside for the first time.

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the 2010 lambs have arrived!

April 18, 2010

[[wysiwyg_imageupload::]]After 21 days of 'Lamb Watch' my husband came in from the barn at mid-day to announce that we had a lamb!  Glenda had given birth to a single lamb.  After Glenda had cleaned it off and her placenta had dropped, we went in to examine it and give it the shots. Our first lamb was a ram.  Little Anakin weighed in at 4.9 lbs.  Glenda had given birth in the barn in the sheep stall.

 

 

 

 

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A few hours later, when it was starting to get dark, I thought it was curious that Linden was still down in the lower paddock.  Normally she would have gone back up to the barn at that time of day.  So I got out the binoculars and took a look - just in time to see Linden's lamb being born!  We were expecting Linden to have twins and about 30 minutes later she had two lambs!  By then it was dark and we took a flashlight out to see how things were progressing.  After Linden had a chance to lick them off , I picked up the lambs, keeping them at eye level and carried them towards the barn with Linden leading the way, turning around occasionally to make sure we were still coming with her.  Alan followed behind with the flashlight to shine the way for us.

After Linden had a chance to clean off her lambs, we checked them over and gave them their shots.  Two more Rams.  It must be the Year of the Ram!

Lambing Season

April is lambing season.  We bred our ewes last November and the lambs are due anytime between March 29 and May 6th.  It's now Day 20 of Lamb Watch & no lambs yet.  They are showing signs that lambs will come soon, but does that mean today or tomorrow or next week....So we continue the Lamb Watch with anxious anticipation.

 

The pasture grass is growing.  The sheep are enjoying some fresh tender grass to suppliment their diet of dry hay.  They do make the perfect lawn mowers.  The second paddock looks like we took a mower over it, so I've moved the sheep down into the third paddock so they can 'mow' that area now.