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Wonder Women

Yesterday was International Women’s Day which I spent being wonder woman here at home.  A week ago I had a csection to birth my beautiful second daughter and I am supposed to be home taking it easy.  Both of my parents are here to help with the farm and watching my older daughter (wonder woman in training) while I am healing and taking care of our newborn wonder woman.

Yesterday after lunch I decided that I wanted to walk out to the barn to check on my animals and move the barn camera so I could better see in the sheep area in case anyone was hiding and having lambs.  We have been waiting on lambs for weeks now and I keep telling myself any day now they will come out!  Upon arriving in the barn we moved the camera and Henley said hello to all the sheep and her barn kitty.  I looked down from bungie cording my camera to the barn (because bungie cords and duct tape will fix anything) to see blood dripping all down my favorite Ewe’s backend.  This was a sure sign that lambs would be arriving any minute.  We brought Henley inside to hang out with my mom and her new baby sister while my dad and I went out to make sure that the lambs made it safely into the world.

As we were shuffling the rest of the sheep out of the stall to give Purl some room and privacy Purl’s water broke followed by her birthing a tail.  Well for those of you that are not sheep farmers my heart sank when I saw only a tail present as lambs need to come out front legs and head first.   All of my sheep are first time moms this year and this is my first year lambing so to say none of us know what we are doing is quite accurate.  After calling my sheep mentor who confirmed that I would have to pull this lamb I put on my Wonder Woman pants and marched out to the barn with all my supplies and my reluctant dad.

After getting everyone settled and gloving up I had my dad hold Purl while I reached in to see what I could do to get this lamb out for her.  I could not get the lamb positioned exactly the way I wanted it since it was so far down the birth canal but I did manage to get the little guy out.  This one was a healthy ram (boy) lamb.  He took a really long time to stand up and nurse most likely from being wedged in the birth canal for so long.  I thought we were done and only having one lamb until Purl pushed out some legs.

Purl began pawing furiously at the ground and laying down and standing up repeatedly.  She pushed out two legs and then part of the body unfortunately it wasn’t a rear end or a tail.  This lamb was coming out front feet first with its head turned back making this one unable to come out on its own as well.  After considerable effort I got this lamb in far enough to turn the head and pull the lamb out.  To no fault of the sheep or myself this little lamb which was a ewe (girl) didn’t make it.

After some time little ram lamb was finally able to stand and nurse with some help.  Purl has not won the mother of the year award as she refused to let the little guy nurse.  We left Purl’s head tied up overnight to try to get her to bond with little lamb and make it easier for him to eat.  Unfortunately between Purl not letting the little guy nurse and stepping on him coupled with him continuing to become colder and weak we had to bring the lamb inside to bottle feed.

Henley is in love with her little house lamb and has been super helpful with feeding the lamb.  We are hopeful that with some tender loving toddler care and a watchful border collie the lamb will thrive and do well.

 

Spring Time Busy

We have been busy here with spring time, not only do we have the two bottle lambs but we also brought all the rabbits home this last weekend.  I love having my bunnies back home where I can spoil them and love on them.  One of our adult breeders Sly got to retire and went to a wonderful pet home.  Sly will have other rabbits to be around as well as cats, I am so happy he went to such a good home!  The lambs are getting big and will probably go back to the farm sometime next week.  I brought Gus and both the bottle lambs out to the farm where we take our herding lessons yesterday to walk and get some energy out.  Gus was beside himself to be back at the farm and didn’t understand why we were not doing any work.  Ewestace and Lamb Chop were excited to run like crazy all over the pasture, both lambs seemed a bit confused by the other lambs nursing off the Ewes which made me a bit sad.  I love both my girls and can’t wait until we can bring them home to our future farm.  I have started packing the house here in town and started planning moving details.  It is only 61 more days until we move (not that anyone is counting)!  The picture below is my future view from the backyard of the farmhouse.IMG_3555

Ram Lamb

My friend Amanda’s Ewes have started lambing, I had agreed to help her with any bottle lambs she had this year.  I was in the middle of making a very cute fabric basket when Amanda called saying she had a bottle lamb for me.  I headed out to the farm to find a very cute and very hungry little black ram lamb.  The lamb is set up in my sewing room in a tub with shavings and I put this inside of a crate.  We are hoping that this little lamb will do well  and he arrived just in time for easter!