Lambing and kidding begins

Saturday morning, after a gloriously lovely week!

Yesterday we got up to some heavy snow flurries.  That was kind of a surprise.  Grey and yucky.  But it was quickly over, and by late morning we were getting ready to run to the grocery… of course, that’s always how it begins!  I ran up to the paddock to check on everyone, and there was Pippi, cleaning off buck kid #2 :*)

Pippi's boys

The first buck kid was dry and fed, sitting on the side taking a little cat nap, and his brother was staggering around getting his bearings.  Very sweet.  The second kid is jet black, and #1 is multicolored light browns and beautiful, with a black stripe down his spine.  They are cute as buttons!  Pippi is a good mama and we got her into a pen and settled with her boys, got her a bucket of warm molasses water, gave the boys their BoSe shots, weighed them and snugged them in.  I can hardly believe that Pippi, who is 2 years old, had two 8 lb. kids in her second kidding!

Rosie and her boys

Last night we had some friends over, and so I went out to check on the girls after to find that Rosie, one of our crossbred first timers, had two white ram lambs on the ground.  (She was the only one that got bred to Willow, a crossbred white yearling.  Everyone else was bred to Lucky).  They were both fed, so we tried to get them dried off a little better, gave them their shots and found that they are both 10 lb. boys!  They knew how to belly up to the lamb bar and were warm, so we bedded them down in their own little pen, and about 1 a.m. got to bed.  Rosie is a very attentive mother, but she’s a first timer, and does not seem to have as much milk as the boys really need.  The hay we have fed out this fall and winter is second cut and very nice (and the girls have been in really excellent condition), so we did not begin feeding them grain until shearing time, which was undoubtedly later than we should have.  I hope we can help Rosie build up her resources and make more milk quickly.  Just to be on the safe side, however, I did run up to the feed store today to get a bag of lamb milk replacer.  I hate to do it, but sometimes you just can’t help it :*(

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2 thoughts on “Lambing and kidding begins”

  1. Oh So Sweet!

    What a lovely surprise to find such large, healthy lambs with wonderful mothers. They look beautiful in the pictures, and I hope they all stay happy and healthy.

    Its interesting to know that sheep can have milk production problems based on feed. I would never have thought that one would impact the other, but it just goes to show how much you can learn. I would love to know more about animal husbandry, and I’m tickled to be getting some knowledge from you!

    Keep up the great work, and cute pictures!

  2. Thanks, Theresa. No matter how long we raise sheep I think I am always going to be perplexed by the feed thing. I know what has to happen, or what should happen, but it’s such a teeter-totter of uncertainty for me! It’s difficult to get it just right every time. It’s not for want of trying or effort, so I guess we just have to keep doing our best. But when we see those little guys out in the paddock hopping around, it’s all worth it!

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