Friday, April 25, 2008

Do You Think They're Trying to Tell Me Something?

After what I wrote yesterday, about shower and clean clothes being a sure way to get your sheep to give birth, I had 5 lambs born in the space of 10 hours.

Maybe I should shower more often!

After Bylgja had her lamb in the evening, poor big-as-a-house Paisley puffed and panted nonstop all through the night until finally going into labor around 3:00 a.m. She had 2 very large white lambs, one boy and one girl. The boy, in particular, is enormous, close to 10 lbs. These are the first lambs we've had from my white ram Taj, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing how these lambs fill out.

Paisley had not finished giving birth when Salem also went into labor, but she considerately waited until Paisley was done and I'd gotten her lambs settled before going into the final stage of labor.

When I bought Salem, she was way too small to breed, so she didn't have any lambs last spring. So even though she's 2 years old now, this is her first lambing. She spent the whole night watching Bylgja and Paisley lambing, as if she knew her turn was coming and wanted to know what was going to happen.

Around 6:00 a.m. she had two black ewe lambs---finally, some more girls by my excellent ram Tut. He'd given us mostly ram lambs so far. At least one of these new girls will be staying here with my flock.

Now I'm exhausted, after getting only 3 hours of sleep, but at least all the new lambs are safe and well so far.


Anonymous said...

I hope you get some well deserved rest. I look forward to seeing pictures of all your new babies.

Rhea said...

Sorry you didn't get a lot of sleep but glad those lambs are coming out ok.

Glad little Salem's birthings went well. :o)

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

Congratulations all around! You've certainly got your hands full right now.