Weaning Time. Usually I pretty much let the girls self wean their babies, but this year there are a couple ram lambs and some ewe lambs that will be leaving for their new home shortly. (I hope!) With the cooler weather the little ramlings have become very 'ramly' in their attention of the girls. While Shetlands are seasonal breeders, there is an occasional exception and I sure don't want any surprise January lambs. I sorted off two groups from the main flock. One has two rams (Orion & Omen), two wethers and an ewe lamb. The ewe lamb will only be in there a few weeks, and is my attempt to separate her from her mum, so she will be more people friendly. We have a ways to go.
The second group is five ewes that have been awaiting pickup by their new owners for several weeks now. I decided to separate them as one ewe in particular also needs some one on one work. It will also help them that they have formed a new flock before they leave here. At first the wild one made the rest of the tiny new flock spooky, but now the other girls have changed their allegiance to lovely sweet little Maythorn (who would sit in my pocket if she could), so that is already a big improvement. Of the five in this group, three are adult ewes and two are ewe lambs. The ewe lambs are inconsolable and unfortunately located much closer to the house than the other weaner group.
It is a worrisome, as well as terribly noisy time on the farm. When the lambs are first weaned--for about the first two and half days, they tend to do stupid things in trying to get back to their moms. Things like sticking their heads through tiny gaps in hopes they can push their bodies through. This can end badly with a lamb hung up. I try to keep an eye on things, but still I worry. After about three days, things calm down and they accept their new status in life.