I got up at 4 am this morning worried about my sheep. Brigetta was pouting a bit last night and I though she might lamb overnight. Instead, I find Chloey with one live and one dead lamb and Brigetta milling around with them. I don’t know what happened exactly, but the ram lamb was lying down, cleaned off, but already cold. I tried to see if he had a heartbeat but couldn’t find anything so I focused on making sure his sister was okay. I thought one of the lambs might belong to Brigetta since she was still acting weird and seemed to really want Chloey’s lamb, but she had not given birth yet. Chloey was a bit confused and didn’t want to let the lamb nurse at first, but after I haltered and tied her up so I could help the lamb find her udder she finally relaxed and seemed okay with it. After the lamb was full and sleepy, I went back to bed for a while too, but woke up with a headache.
When I went out to check on things again, I found that Brigetta was in labor but not much was happening yet, so I went back in and had breakfast. When I got back out, Brigetta was in labor and having difficulties. I checked her and found a nose and some feet, but some of the feet were pointing up, so I thought maybe we had two coming at the same time. After I got cleaned up and felt around, I discovered we had a very big lamb and one of the feet was over his head so it looked worse that it was. I moved around his foot and worked his big horns out gently. Alex watched in horror the whole time as I brought him along to hand me stuff. He had his ears covered because Brigetta was baa-ing so loud. We were all extremely happy to see the lamb come out alive and well!
Both mothers are doing well. In both cases, this is their first time raising a lamb (Brigetta lost her lamb last year) and both ewes will be two years old this year.