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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Baby Count is on the Rise

Lambs, ya just can't keep your lips off of them

A first year momma had a lamb this late afternoon, 'bout the same time as Ethel had hers on Thursday. So we are at three, two rams, one ewe lamb.

It isn't unusual for first year moms to have just one lamb, but after that the aim is for two lambs from each ewe. Sometimes they have triplets but they seem to be more trouble than they are worth.

Multiple births are part genetic, part management.

Is it coincidence that both ewes had their lambs in late afternoon?

When I did dairy goats lots of folks swore that feeding times affected delivery times. And to a certain extent it would hold true. I would love it if we had all of our lambs in late afternoon early evening this year but we won't begin to count on it and skip checking on them in the middle of the night, or leaving for more than a couple hours at a time, especially now that they are actually dropping.

Ooh doggy, Dear Reader, I am totally tuckered out. So I'll just sign off here. The moon is beautiful tonight hope you get a chance to see it in your neck of the woods. It is full tomorrow and nothing is supposed to be done in the garden during a full moon, maybe I'll get some stripes done instead.


Mildred said...

Sweet picture Lanny. Hope you rest well and have a blessed Sunday. Say hi to everyone from me.

Bangchik said...

First year momma may lack what it takes to look after new babies. I have seen cats having such problem... they get better the second time round.. good luck to the new babies... ~bangchik

Daisy said...

Ah, so cute! Wonderful picture, Lanny. No wonder you are tuckered out as busy as you've been. Happy Sunday to you and yours. :-)

Don said...

One of these days, I'll have lambs too. That is a nice photo! I hope you have a nice restful day.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Lanny: What a beauty in black, it must give you so much pleasure to see the birth of these little ones.

Cliff said...

I"m going to have to take exception with the caption to the picture. Me thinks you are incorrect about the lips part.
Reading on down I've become pretty envious of your weather. We're celebrating because it has broken into the 30's for the first time in ages and we actually have mud on the roads instead of ice and snow. No sign of mother earth otherwise. Folks in these parts are all about crazy with this unbelieveably long winter. Glad to see some sprouts in these pics.