Chocolate, our Texel/Dorper ewe, had quads today while Kelly was out at lunch with a friend (one had already died or was born dead). He found them at feeding time and immediately called me to come home from work because they were not drinking – he said they were wandering around acting dumb. Actually, the milk had not let down, so they were a bit frustrated, cold and hungry. I sent Kelly to go buy colostrum, and thawed what I had, but I also worked with Chocolate to get her to let down her milk. It took some time, but the milk started finally and at least we have some backup colostrum in case we have issues in the future. I thawed my jar of 2012 colostrum and gave it to the three chilly and hungry little guys ASAP.
Their father is a mouflon Icelandic ram, Ralph, who carries spotting. There were two rams and two ewes born but the one black ewe was dead. The remaining ewe is the spotted one. She’s the loudest and fussiest – I’m thinking she was born last of the three.
She may be small but she’s energetic!
Last year, Chocolate had twin rams, a black one and a white one. She’s a super sweet ewe with a good history of mothering and should be able to handle raising her three little lambs. I always worrry about triplets, but she looks like she’s on the job!