Saturday, February 11, 2012
Lambs! And more sheep thoughts....
When I checked a while later, she was hanging out with her mother (Violet) at the feeders but still not eating. To make a long story short, I checked on her on and off throughout the day and sometime between the 2 o'clock and the 4 o'clock check in that dark shadowy corner she delivered her twins, both ewes (girls)! They were mostly cleaned off and were already up and working on that all important first meal. One is black with white face markings and the other is colored nearly identical to her mama.
This is Bree's sixth lambing and I've never yet seen her give birth. It's the same with her mother and sister, Colette. These ewes are from the line of VerLee family Corriedales we have, I've written about them before. They are the most efficient brood ewes! If I were to fault them anywhere, it would be in milk production. They are not heavy milkers. But they grow tons of fleece; breed and settle early; lamb with ease and are fierce mamas so I am not complaining!
Saturday, Evelyn (another VerLee line) was a little off feed and hanging back from the others. She wasn't very big and I managed to sneak up on her and check her udder to see if it was full. It wasn't. In fact, I had to search around to find it, LOL! And yet, Sunday morning the minute I opened the barn door I heard a lamb baaaaing and there she was with a little ram lamb, completely dry and popping around with a full tummy. He seemed so frail and small, but he nurses with gusto and is very active. My daughter came and helped me move them to a lambing jug. Evelyn is very, very wild - here's a picture of her "sniffing the wind" earlier this winter -
Not all lambings go so well, as anyone can expect. After these wonderfully easy births we had one sad thing happen. A first timer lost her lamb, probably a month or more early. We'll watch her carefully to make sure that she is okay. She's eating well now and moving around with the flock. It happens, but it's never easy.
We're supposed to clean barn today and the wind is bitterly cold. The sheep are still in full fleece (that job comes next, I'm a little behind on getting it done before lambing started) so they'll be comfortable, but the humans are going to have to work hard to stay warm!
I'm sending this post out to my friend, Carole, who faithfully reads this blog and who also has VerLee Corriedales. She sent me the sweetest note this past week, so this if for you, Carole ;) I appreciate all of your kind words! Do any of your sheep look like ours?