Tuesday, April 10, 2018

#51 Audrey & #60 Zoe

 This morning Audrey had delivered her lambs. A ewe and ram
The ewe lamb did not survive, but the ram lamb is doing well
 These pics. were taken in the evening and this little guy has found 
the most comfortable place to lay.
Zoe, above seemed to have been in labor since this morning.
When I came home this evening she had made no progress so I 
wasn't going to wait any longer.  After tending to everyone's needs
I moved a couple of ewes out of this pen and slipped Zoe in.
Going back into the house to scrub up, I was determined that 
I was going to help her along.  With assistance we were able
to get ahold of the little spotted ewes legs and guild her 
out while Mom did her part.
When she was ready to deliver the second lamb, a moorit ram
again I kept constant tension on his little legs so she could 
do her part and deliver him.

I've had a few issues with deliveries this year I believe that I have overfed my ewes
causing their body condition to be a little too plump therefore some of the births have been distressing on the ewes and lambs.  I definitely need to be more mindful
when it comes to giving anything more than good hay.
This ends our Spring Lambing for 2018.
We might have some summer deliveries but 
we are not going to get too excited about this just yet.

Monday, April 9, 2018

#135 Carmen & #59 Mia

 Above Carmen, first time mom had delivered this ewe lamb
before I went out to the barn this morning, tending to her quite nicely.
She was bred to the border cheviot ram.
Mia also delivered this ewe lamb today.  She was pawing at the 
ground early this morning.  I had my hubby check in on her 
later in the morning and she had delivered her by then.
This is also a border cheviot lamb.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

#15 Eve (again!) and #175 gulmoget ewe

I've been doing this for a few years now, about eleven and sometimes
when you get so busy you tend to "forget" things and sometimes think
that you are losing your mind.  Writing yourself notes or in this case
recording and tagging and taking pictures helps to keep yourself straight.

This ewe Eve gave birth 4/4/17 (i have pictures to prove it).
Unfortunately, the next evening she lost her lamb due to soffocation,
in this case the lamb had wedged itself into a downward sloped corner
of the pen face first and I'm sure that if it even tried to get up it just
pushed itself further downward eventually not being able to breathe.

The next day I moved Eve out of the lambing jug, back with the main
Upon going out to check on everyone last evening 4/7/17  I seen 
a new lamb laying stretched out and a second one with a ewe.
Going into the pen to see who had delivered I see Eve caring for a 
new born lamb and another lamb that lay lifeless next to her.

I begin to search and look over all the other ewes that might have 
delivered these lambs....no one.
I go back and look over Eve again and yes Eve did deliver these lambs!
By appearances I can only figure that this third little lamb that 
survived was not in the same birth sack as the previous two lambs.
Eve was bred to the Border Cheviot ram.
 The above ewe, #175 with the gulmoget pattern delivered this 
single ram lambs this morning 4/8/17.
This was not part of our planned breeding.  This ewe squeezed into
one of the pens I had a breeding group in.
The ram is Bian1107.
#175 is just over one year old and is proving to be a very good
attentive mother.  I haven't named this ewe yet or even registered
her, because I wasn't sure if I was going to keep or sell her.
So there is a possibility that she will be available this summer.

So to go along with my first paragraph of this post, about 
keeping things straight.  In a previous post I had mentioned
a number of yet expectant ewes.  Well it is best to 
keep track and reference your written list rather than
try and take a count out in the barnyard...because you always miss someone.

So...as of now I have four ewes yet to give birth. Before I 
consider this lambing season over.

But...I did put a few ewes in with rams in January, February and March
I don't know that any of them did breed or get bred but we will 
have to just watch and find out.  If so we could be expecting 
lambs in June, July and possibly August.  We will 
just have to wait and see...

Saturday, April 7, 2018

#32 Butter Cup & #1113 Oregon

 Butter Cup delivered these twins last evening (4/6).  I went out
to check one last time before I went to bed and glad I did.
She was just beginning  to have the first lamb and I noticed...no feet! 
So glad I was home to be able to assists her.  The front legs of each lamb
were bent back.  Had I not been here I don't know that she would
have been able to push them out on her own.  
Butter Cup delivered twins, one ram, one ewe, both doing well..
so is MaMa.
 Last evening while I was helping Butter Cup, Oregon just wasn't 
there yet, as far as being ready to give birth.  So I did
come back out about 1:30am to check on her again and still
nothing happening!!  When I went out this morning she had 
already delivered this single ewe lamb.  I think she was a bit
worn out so I gave her a few squirts of nutri drench to give
her a quick "pick me up".
The little ewe is doing just fine.

Friday, April 6, 2018

#128 Guiselle

 Guiselle, a first time mom delivered this flashy little ram today.
I expected something nice from her since she has super fine wool.
But the spots are a BONUS!!
I just hope they stay.
This lamb's sire is my black shetland ram, Bian1107.
 Had to get pics. showing all sides of him.
We have two more ewes in labor tonight, we'll keep you posted...

Thursday, April 5, 2018

#53 Oreo & #134 Sunniva

 Above, Oreo delivered twins, one ram, one ewe this morning.
She was bred to the border cheviot ram and is being a great mom.
Now she can be happy with what she has and not try and steal 
anybody else's babies.
Sunniva (ha! I caught my error, in a previous post I mistakenly 
posted Indi for Sunniva, but I've fixed it.)
delivered this single ram lamb this morning also.  She
was bred to the border cheviot.
All is well!! We have eight to go!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

#113 Olivia, #15 Eve, #107 Regina & #50 Bianca

 Above, Olivia a very sweet Mioget ewe delivered this little 
katmoget ram lamb last evening (4/3).  She was bred to ram #26, 
Gwynevar Du Roy.  When I went out in the late in the
evening she had already delivered him, so I set them up in a pen
and all was good.

When I went out this morning there was nothing new ...
 When I came home from work I quickly changed clothes and went 
straight out to the barn to find three ewes had delivered their lambs.
Above, Eve delivered this single ewe lamb.  
She was bred to the border cheviot ram.
(Eve was not shorn, we are planning to roo her)
 #107 Regina, a first time mom delivered this single ewe lamb
she was also bred to the border cheviot ram.
She has taken quite well to being a good mom.
#50 Bianca delivered twin ram lambs, she was also bred to the 
border cheviot ram.  (we are planning to roo Bianca also).

I believe we have 10 to go....