Sunny Monday, April break 2013

Etti and her babies take a milk bar break (can't see her little black ram under there)
Etti and her babies take a milk bar break (can’t see her little black ram under there)

It was a windy but gorgeous day yesterday, first day of April break.

As all the lambs are on the ground, I have needed to get going on creating a creep area for them (where they can get through a gate that the mamas cannot get through, to eat grain and hay free choice).  I couldn’t set one up until I had the two yearling ewes in the other group with Jingle the Donkey.  Two years ago we had a creep set up and one of our yearling ewes (Beezus) was not adult-sized but also was not baby-sized, and she got caught in the creep gate.  My husband got her freed from the gate after taking the whole thing apart, but she is the one who had the pre-pubic tendon rupture last year before her lambs were born, so I am thinking that her time forced halfway through the creep gate might have been a contributing factor.

Our beautiful one and only ewe lamb
Our beautiful one and only ewe lamb

Not wanting this situation to play itself out again, I decided to put off the creep until I could get the two yearling ewe lambs and Beezus the ewe out of that group and in with the donkey’s group.  This meant that I needed to get coats changed, and these three also needed their CD&T shots (which everyone else got at shearing in March).  That was our goal yesterday afternoon, and we got it done, I am thankful to say.

Lambs lounging
Lambs lounging

 

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