Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

First Lambs of 2008

Blackberry Winter proud momma of two moorit rams. At first glance I thought they were black, but both are actually moorit based. Haven't been able to tell if either has 'sugar-lips' yet. These boys look remarkably alike! I was impressed that two black based Shetland's produced moorit twins. Their sire is Locksfield Griffin. Oh, and only one teensy speck of white on one of them! At 9:30 p.m. Friday I did a final barn check, and nothing seemed to be happening. (Maybe I was in denial a little, since they weren't due til next week!). At 2:45 a.m. I dragged myself up to the barn, and on the way saw a tiny black lamb size shadow reflecting on the wall. Hmmm. Blackberry had them both without any problems and both were almost completely dry.

Hope (Merino/Dorset) who was 'scheduled' (ha ha) to lamb first came in on the heels of Blackberry, with these two lovely little half Shetland ewe lambs. At 3:30 a.m. Hope was demurely laying in a hay pile with her mother and sisters. At 8:30 a.m. she had one very dry fluffy white baby and one very wet shivering baby. I will elaborate on the story later, but there was some confusion, with a certain Grandma sheep (Gracie) who was helping her darling daughter (Hope) out. Then said Grandma obviously decided Hope didn't need two, and she'd just have one of them, thank you very much. All is well. Gracie is sweet, Hope is clueless, babies have two mommies (or will, once they are out of the jug). "Free" the little girl in the doggie sweater was the one who got chilled before getting cleaned up. She and I had some tense moments, as she continued chilling and refusing to eat. She seems fine now, all bouncy and curious. "Liberty" the fluffier white one in the bottom picture is the one coveted by Gracie. Oh, and did I mention it was in the low teens that night? Brrr. Both ewes had the good sense to go into the barn to lamb though. Good job girls!

Sorry for the blurry pictures. Everything looked a bit blurry that day. :-)


Corinne R. said...

AWWwwwwwww!! I hope your little boys stay moorit, they are adorable.

Kathy said...

How wonderful! Congratulations on your first of the season! I can't wait to hear about the fleece on the Shetland x girls. :)

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Yours are the first purebred Shetland lambs to arrive that I've heard of; I think for that YOU deserve some sort of prize! They sure are cute; can't wait to hear if you find signs of Ag.

PerfectTosca said...

Oh My Dog! Babies! I'm so excited I'm biting my foot here! I love baby creatures! I am very gentle with kittens and stuff! Can I be these babies' honorary sheepdog!!!????

Allena said...

I'm jealous, sort of.

I am glad mine waited until it warmed up, but they were due on Friday too!


JB's Big World said...

What sweet little sheep!