Out to pasture in the morning, lambs love to romp and play. You can easily see the difference between the pregnant ewes and the moms.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
First time Mom, Coco Chanel, gave birth to twins girls Sunday. Unfortunately one was stillborn. CoCo and Nacisi are doing fine. CoCo is a very nervous mom. I think 2 babies may have been a bit overwhelming for her. She was glad to get out for a bite of grass this morning.
The amazing Aurora finally delivered her triplets Thursday night, Friday morning. She delivered without a hitch. Tri-color ewe, Hopi, was first to arrive sometime after 11PM. Brown and white brother, Ute, made his appearance more than an hour later, sometime after midnight. Black and white ewe, Zuni, arrived about 20 minutes behind her brother. After and anxious day that included me milking a quart of milk from an engorged half udder, all lambs got settled into a feeding routine.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
On the ground when I went to the barn at 6:15 AM, Tresor's ram Tano (L) and ewe Tewa (R) at four hours old. Tresor's doing very well for a first time mom. No one wants or needs my help so far!
This is not the ewe I expected would deliver first. Second time Ma, Tamar, delivered her babies with out my assistance, just the way she likes it.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
We have 3 groups, the "No Breeders" are four of last year's ewe lambs and one dear old ewe I can't part with. They are a nosy young group. Jujubee is the old ewe that keeps them in line. Two of the young ewes are her daughters, Jetta and Jensen. The other two are Liberty and Tundra. Tundra is a pretty white ewe, just like her Ma. You'll see her Ma momentarily and there is no mistaking that they are mother and daughter.
Here's a shot of Lyra and daughter, Liberty. Liberty is a beautiful ewe. Her Ma is a great Ma.
Here's a photo of the regular ewes. They are getting a greater ration of grain than the "No Breeder" group. This group is made up of first time moms and ewes that twin. Tundra's Ma, Tamar, is the 2 horned white ewe. See, I told you they looked alike. Tiny Tresor, who has her butt facing you is a first time mom. She's getting a little round in the belly and her udder is beginning to bloom. I think these girls will be ready to drop very soon. Hopefully, they will wait a couple more days till I can be home to keep and eye on them.
The "Heavy Feeder" group is old moms and large ewes that have a history of triplets and one first time mom that is a big girl. I give them a bigger ration of grain than the regular ewes. Everyone wants to join that group.
Now take a look at this ewe and tell me how many lambs she's carrying. She has a history of twins but it looks like maybe 3 this year. Her grandmother was a mother to 18 lambs.I'll keep you posted.