Good news… again!

This made me laugh…

Last night: Brian and I stand in the barn, checking out the 3 ewes that have yet to lamb. We agree that she (Angel) is definitely pregnant and so is she (Bonnie). The ewe lamb, born here last year, well we just aren’t sure. Hopefully she is, we’ll see. She’s not too fat and you have to look very closely to see an udder. Hmm.

This morning: I’m in the barn for a good 10 minutes when I’m walking by the sheep pen and suddenly notice a lamb curled up in the straw, looking around. What the heck, where did YOU come from!? I look at the lamb pens…one….two, three. Wait, again, one…. yes, two, and three…turn back to the big pen…. four. Four lambs!!!!!! Yay!!!

It took me watching for several minutes to figure out the ewe lamb was the mother. She was standing by the baby but not very close. He was all cleaned off and looked content. I shuffled around some other sheep and scooped up the baby to move him to a new pen. Normally momma follows right along by us but this mom wanted nothing to do with that idea. I took her baby to the pen and came back to catch her. I pushed the gate shut to the pen she was in and went it to catch her. In the meantime her baby is screaming his head off. Instead of letting me catch her she runs fulls speed in to the gate, rams it open with her head and charges across the barn and in to the pen with her baby. Well, whatever works!!

It is a boy, he’s very healthy, good size, and doing great. We saw him nurse several times. We banded his tail tonight. So much for predicting who’ll lamb next! The first time mom’s are pretty tricky but usually we still have an idea.

I talked with the vet from MSU again today and have some thoughts to share in a different post, as though I haven’t posted about lambs enough lately! It just thrills me to walk out there and see them all doing so well. Thank you to everyone for your well wishes. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Good news… again!

  1. everydaywomanusa

    Yeah, babies! I love babies, could you tell? Congrats, I’m sure there will be plenty more to follow! My brother went to MSU, where he studied animal husbandry, and now has his Doctorate in reproductive physiology; it’s amazing the research he’s done with animals, but mostly pigs and cattle, not sheep. Hope MSU is a good resource for you! Happy Spring!

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  2. Angie

    Hi Jena,

    Foodie Farmgirl had an interesting post regarding breeding for parasite resistance and natural wormers. Did you see it? I’d love to hear more about your thoughts on parasite control moving forward.

    This is a great post – it made me laugh too.

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    1. marriedtothefarm Post author

      Oohh I didn’t see that I’ll have to look it up. I have some plans to get going on fecal testing this year. Monitoring will be my choice of parasite control I think.

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