We started Easter weekend with a big healthy single ram out of Brigetta, one of our favorite Icelandic ewes. We thought he was big enough at 9 pounds to deal with her overly large udder, but the litte guy seemed confused with nursing and we realized he needed help. I had to go to Pennsylvania to pick up my kids at my parents so I tubed him with colostrum a couple times and milked out a bottle of milk for Kelly to feed him while I was gone and Kelly had to milk Brigetta too. I ended up leaving before Easter dinner to come home and help but the pair had figured out nursing on one side by the time I got home. I still have to milk out Brigetta now and then on one side, but things are going better now.
On Monday, Chocolate our 1/4 Dorper and 3/4 Texel ewe, had twin rams. One is white and large and the other is small and black at 10 and 7 pounds. They were born without help and Chocolate is a natural mother so all are doing great. The lambs are pretty cute! They look like “normal” lambs but with curly coats and short tails. Their father is Tucker, our Icelandic ram.
Kelly, my husband, went to Pennsylvania on Thursday for a family garage sale this weekend so I decided to run home at lunch from work to check on animals, etc. Our Lincoln/Blue Faced Leicester cross ewe had a nice little ewe lamb, who looks a lot like a mini version of her mother. She has the short Icelandic tail though. They make a nice trouble free pair!
Today, I again ran home at lunch and found a baby turkey hatching, which is a plus since our incubator has been on the fritz. It also looked like Kelly, the sheep (1/4 Finn and 3/4 Texel), is hanging out in the “lambing corner” of the barn, but not in serious labor yet. When I got home a little after 3:30, she is acting strange and sitting like a dog with some discharge. I had hoped to get her into a stall so I can put out the other sheep to graze, but she’s not cooperating and expelled a water sack. I decided to leave her a lone for a while. This is one reason why I need a real sheep dog!