Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Adventures in lambing

What do you do when a Horned Dorset refuses her 2nd lamb? In our case, you take a dog collar and a leash and you tie her to the wall for 12 hours. That way she can't swing her horns and the little lamb could nurse.
Gracie is a 3rd time mom. The first lambing she twinned and refused one, so her former owners bottle fed the ewe. (I didn't have time for bottle feeding, so this is what we did) The 2nd lambing was a single, they said, with no issues. She accepted both after we took the leash off, but we left the collar on for another few days.
Gracie gave us a ram and a ewe. Both are registrable and will be available for sale now, and ready to leave the farm by the end of March. (We also have Tina's twins, a ram and a ewe that will be available to leave at the same time.)

Tina's twins in the corner, Gracie's twins toward the front and Candace's ram in the corner.

Ewes ready to pop!

2 am Super Bowl Sunday, Victoria decides it is lambing time. Her lambs were a little weak and had trouble getting attached to the nipple. I milked her directly into the bottle and fed the ram first, then the ewe. I milked mom again, and went to feed the lambs again and the ewe decided she'd feed herself. It took some more of the bottle for the little ram to be able to do the same.

Victoria with her lambs, and Ruth behind her with her single ewe. And a picture of the proud papa!

The barn is getting cramped! And just what are you looking at?!

I am singing for my supper!! That is one of the Horned Dorsets that had yet to lamb.

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