Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What a week!!

We started lambing February 13th with twins born at 3 pm. Valentine's Day morning, a single at 12:53 am. February 17th was busy with twins at 1:30 am, singles at 4:30 am, 9 am, 3 pm and 8 pm.
Wednesday was a gorgeous warmish day, so Jerry took advantage and cleaned the barn. At not a lamb was born. Isn't this Murphy's law? He has the day off and it is a nice day...
The next day, the 19th, we start in again...2 singles to 2 moms starting at 5:30 am. And then it gets quiet for a few days. These are all Cornelius' babies by the way.

Stormy sleeping with his half brother, Curtis. Julius is old and cold, and John is staying out of the way. A random lamb that let me pick it up and snap its picture. Sorry about the blur. See that pink Dorset nose?
Victoria (polled Dorset) and Candace (Horned Dorset). The last two to deliver on the 17th.
Jerry cleaning the barn.

Lambs hiding form the flock.
The ewes were in the center aisle and overflowing into the rams pens while Jerry cleaned.
The manure pile grows.
The ewes and their lambs are let out after the barn is cleaned. This is the first day that they are allowed out after lambing.

Jerry is patting Moose. Poor thing is huge and uncomfortable. (She delivered 5 days later.)
John's babies are finally arriving. He and Cornelius were put in with their girls the same day.
Shauna has a single 10# ram lamb, Monday the 23 at 4 am.

And Moose has a 10# white ram and a 14# black ram at 10:30 pm, Monday.
Jerry says that the white one is not the smartest tool in the shed. He cries a lot. But, his mouth is warm and his belly is full. He sleeps oddly.
Cornelius still has 6 left to 'pop'. 4 we know are pregnant. The other 2 have until the 17th of March to deliver.
John has 4 more of his to deliver. We know that 2, possibly 3 are pregnant. The other has until the 7th to deliver from him and the 17th to deliver by Cornelius.
So we are at 4 ewes and 10 rams, 3 sets of twins, 3 black and 11 white. And all of our ewes look great!
Off to enjoy the sunshine!! Have a great day all!

And I leave you with the lambs in the creep.
Also, Heifer with one of her twins think that it is a great thing to stand on mom. It is a good thing we coat our sheep. (o;

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

And then there were 7..........

Heifer-Dorset X BL/Jacob. 2 ewes born at 1:30 this morning.
Keira-Dorset/Romney. Her first lamb, a ram, born at 4:30 this morning.
These two are half sisters.

Rachael-Horned Dorset. Her second lambing, one ram at 9 am this morning.

A three pack lambing jug. I hope they slow down for another day or two. I can only fit one more ewe and lamb(s) and I only have one more light.

Sarah and Valentine. Ruth and Friday (Robinson Crusoe's 'friend) and 13. Anyone watch House?
Valentine, born Valentine's day and Friday and 13 born Friday the 13th. (o;
13 more ewes to go........

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lambing has started

Ruth-Registered Horned Dorset. Gave birth Friday the 13th of February to 2 10# lambs. One ewe and one ram.
Sarah gave birth Valentine's Day (at 12:53 am-thank you very much) to a 7# ewe. Much better than two 3# lambs. (She is Butterfly's mom)

What's happening? It is only 1 am!
The lambing jugs.

Shearing has started!!

Go to the fleece blog for details.


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