Monthly Archives: May 2013

An ideal day for sheep

A passel of content lambs on this cool, sunny, day

A passel of content lambs on this cool, sunny, day

Hoglah hard at work

Hoglah hard at work

IMG_8963Hoglah finally had her twins late last week.  Today is the first day I have felt like taking pictures since then.  First we had hot and muggy days where the only times the lambs frolicked was after dark.  Then we had rainy, soggy, chilly.  Who wants to look at pictures of damp, hunched back little lambs.

But today, now that is a different story.  I think this might be the sort of day a sheep would order if they could do such a thing.  It included enough wind to keep the bugs at bay, temps in the 50’s F and bright sunshine with just a few clouds.  I enjoyed it too.

The lows in the 20’s F predicted for tonight may suit the sheep better than me, though.  I’ve got the tender plants in the hoophouse covered with floating row cover, so hopefully they will survive.  I’m already sad for the tree fruit that will probably not happen this summer because of this pesky frost.

Hoglah also had a ram and a ewe lamb.  With this 3 makes a pattern on my farm where each ewe had one of each, it makes me wonder if this is always the case or just a coincidence.  I guess I could ask around, or do some research online, or just continue to make observations here on the farm.

 

 

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Lambing update

We’re still waiting on Hoglah.  Micah had her twins Friday evening – a ewe and a ram lamb.  I’m happy to report that all the lambs are thriving.  The older ones have started to form gangs and go romping about after their naps.

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Tirzah with her twins

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Foreground – little lambs at play, background – Micah with her twins in the field pen

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More babies

We had a busy morning here.  Now, I have to acknowledge that this is relative.  Larger sheep farms that have 100’s of lambs born in a few weeks would chuckle that the arrive of 3 lambs could be considered a busy morning.

Tirzah had twins during the wee hours – first a ewe and then a ram lamb.  Then after the sun was up, Mahlah had a ram lamb.  All are settled into field pens and are very content.

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Mahlah with her single in front and Tirzah with her twins behind

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Noah’s little ewe is becoming more active

All white lambs so far.  The ewe lamb born this morning has a small black spot on her shoulder, but that is it, still hoping for some color sheep from the remaining two ewes.

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Our first lamb

Noah was the first of our Coopworth ewes to lamb.  She had this little white ewe lamb at just before midnight last night.  Yes, if she was going to have a sleepless night, I ought to lose some sleep as well, I guess.  Noah was smaller than the other ewes, so I wasn’t surprised that she had a single.

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She is a 2 year old ewe and this is her first lamb.  She is being a very attentive mother.  At first, she was reluctant to let the lamb nurse, so I confined them inside a field pen so the lamb wouldn’t wander.  Our melt off from the recent snow has the pastures quite soggy and I didn’t want that little lamb to find a puddle to lay in.

I’m interested in having a multi-color flock and I find it ironic that our charcoal ewe and our silver ram produced this pure white ewe.

We have four more ewes who will be lambing very soon.  I’ll add more pictures as the little ones arrive.

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