At around 2:00 a.m. I decided to take one last trip out to the barn and make sure all was well. There was Duckie, working on yet another lamb! This time a little solid ewe lamb. It was a bit weird because she passed an afterbirth, then had the second lamb--almost three hours later! The lamb was pretty slow acting, and I think it might have been because it took so long to deliver her. She just couldn't get the idea of where to nurse. I was starting to despair, when finally she got it. After that, I went back to bed, again.... So lambing is finally done here, and I'm so thrilled. It's been a little exhausting!
I am thrilled all to pieces to get this little smirslet boy. (Only thing better would have been if he was a she!) His mother is a plain black ewe, out of a plain black ewe and an Ag grey flecket. I had hoped she possessed some spotting genetics, as it frequently crops up in this line. I guess the girls just thought they would save all the spots for the last. These twins are out of Locksfield Griffen & Fairlight Duckie.
Duckie seems to have taken to motherhood, well, like a Duck to water. I was sure she was going to have twins because she was so large, but then after the first lamb was born, all signs pointed to him being the only one. I'm really happy she twinned.
16 lambs born--7 ram lambs & 9 ewe lambs
2 Ag grey rams
1 musket ewe
1 Moorit ewe
2 Moorit rams
1 Ag grey ewe
3 black ewes
1 black ewe with brown pheo type markings
1 black smirslet ram
1 black krunet ram
1 moorit yuglet ram
2 white crossbred ewes
It's a nice looking bunch this year, and I'm quite pleased. Many of them will be available to new homes.
That's it for now.