I was a little nervous awaiting the delivery of Macaroon’s lambs by Patchwork Gabriel. She was looking rather large~~~~
~~~and she is a rather small ewe. In 2008, she scared me when I came out to find her in the process of delivering a tail, which is not the normal way for lambs to enter the world. That delivery ended up well. After a very minor manipulation by me (and a great deal of vasoline), a healthy ewe lamb was born. She has delivered without incident 3 other times, but I still wanted to watch the birth this year.
Macaroon went and found her spot in the barn and easily delivered twins on Wednesday night. Everything was fine – until the ewe lamb opened her mouth!! “Look at me! I am born!!!!” I have never heard a voice like that on a newborn lamb.
After watching the lambs nurse, I went to bed – and got up three times to the sound of “lovely” Melba exercising her lungs. I felt sure that she was being swallowed by a coyote! But, she was just making sure that everyone knew that she was here.
Her brother, Barley, is quiet and polite.
Macaroon’s lambs weighed ~6 and 7 lbs – quite normal weights for Jacob lambs. Because Mac is rather small, what is a normal ‘baby belly’ on a larger ewe looks like quads on her small frame. She is hardy and tough and quite at ease delivering another lovely set of twins for Patchwork.
Maybe I’ll give her a few extra treats this week. Her friendly personality is another reason she tends to put on a little extra weight 🙂