Thursday, April 5, 2012

Meet Button

This is Button, he was born early Tuesday morning.  He was the last one born from a set of tripletts.  Thank goodness I checked on his Mom, Lialac every hour on the hour Monday evening.  She looked like she was miserable all day.  When I checked on everyone Monday morning at 5am she was the only one standing and she stood motionless, like she had found a comfortable position and didn't want to move. 11pm Monday evening she had started into labor, from then on I stayed in the barn to make sure she delivered ok.  Lialac was a trooper, she delivered all her lambs unassisted.  When Button came out I was amazed how small he was.  From the beginning he was quite vigirous, but I knew he couldn't compete with his siblings, they were double his size. 
I had bought colostrum and milk replacer "just in case".  I made up some colostrum milk and he took to it right away.  Since then we have been supplementing him, till Lialac's milk comes in to support all three lambs.

Red, our English Shepherd loves the babies, although the Mama's don't necessarily like him.  This picture shows Button's size a little better, compared to his big sister.

Not the best picture, but you can see all three of them together.
I finally weighed Button Wednesday evening, now mind you that he was born early Tuesday morning, about 1am and he has been drinking very well.  He weighs 2pounds 14oz. at approximately 40 hours old.
I don't think I've every seen a sheep this small.

Monday, April 2, 2012

first of the lambs

Sunday was a productive day, We had the first two ewes lambing at the same time.  The above pictures are of Cori, a first time mother with her twins.  The white one is a ram and the fawn katmoget is a ewe.
Cori was bred with Duroy our white ram.

Galaxy decided to deliver at the same time which made it great for us, she delivered two nice size rams.  The sire is are dairy ram, Mr.Mr. a Rideau Arcott.

Not long after these Sparkling decided to join in and have her lambs too.  Not until much later did I realize that I didn't take any pictures of her, but she delivered to us a set of twins, one ram and one least, so far we will have one ewe to start our dairy flock.