Sometimes I just can’t think of a title. Since today is today, I’m just going with short and simple.
Today was a pretty slow day. I finished up reorganizing and reinforcing livestock panels for a lamb escape proof barnlot. Washed Lucinda’s fleece in preparation for a handspun yarn order.
Today was a slow day, but Monday sure wasn’t!
Badger started the morning by delivering the first lamb by our yearling lilac ram, Comet.
Patchwork Pearson is a two horned ram with one blue eye. I like his pictograph markings! Two hearts and zipper. Or maybe one heart, a bat, and a zipper?
An hour passed and no second lamb showed up. Judging by Badger’s rather bulky shape two days before, I was pretty sure there was another lamb. You can see how her lambs are beginning to drop in this picture. The well defined hollows on either side of the spine just above her tail indicate relaxing of the pelvic ligaments. More prominent hip bones appear as the lambs move into birthing position. Gravity rules! (yes – undocked tail)
Badger was in no discomfort and my favorite action for assisting lambing is “watchful waiting”. Sometimes you do need to jump in and help and it can be hard to make the decision of when you really do need to help. In cases where the ewe is not in distress, I most often choose to wait.
If you would rather not see a graphic picture of malpresented lamb, skip over this next picture. It’s a thumbnail. Click it if you want to see it bigger.
This guy is facing the wrong direction! That’s his butt in the position that is usually occupied by two front feet and a nose. Badger actually got this far on her own in the time it took me to make a quick trip to the house and back. It seemed a good time to abandon “watchful waiting” and give the guy a tug.
All is well
And Patchwork Bristol (a four horned lilac ram) joins his brother. Bristol and Pearson. Anyone get it?
Patchwork Martha, our 12 year old ewe, was busy delivering her own set of ram twins sired by Boyd.
Muffin started out with a macho boy name, but I think Muffin fits him better.
His twin, Murphy.
Palmetto Acres Lucinda finished up the day with a ewe sired by Patchwork Piper before he left for NY.
Lorilei has a classic “angel fleece” (see the halo?) This is generally considered to be a more primitive trait, often speculated to be a protection for newborn lambs. It is not double coating and it is not kemp. It sheds out. Under the halo is a long, locky fleece. While I do prefer to see a muzzle patch on lambs, I have to admit that pink noses on baby lambs are so darn cute! She has a tiny black smudge on her right lip and is already showing pigment.
The lambs are healthy and already bouncing around. The ewes are content. What could be better 🙂