Hi ladies, I've had an eventful weekend here on the farm. Started with a ewe who presented her lamb head first but no legs visible so I had to go fishing and pull it. A very large (15.5 lb) black ram lamb who set a new weight record for us. He has a halo of white wool on the top of his head so I've called him Gabriel. This ewe is famous for multiple lambs so when she didn't present another I had to go looking. Found a pair of legs way far in so managed to grab them and pull. Turned out they were hind legs (semi breech) which explained why she wasn't contracting or feeling the need to push. This was another ram lamb but white this time and about half the size. He was out of the placenta and quite bloody which was quite unusual. He was too weak to nurse so I had to stomach tube him twice yesterday and keep him under a heat lamp in the barn with Mom and brother. This morning when I went down to check he was up on all 4 feet and nursing on his own - yippee!!
The we had a ewe who was not progressing with her labor and not dilating which meant we had to call in the vet. Ended up having to do a c-section to save Mom and try to save the baby. Unfortunately the baby was already dead and it's doubtful we'll ever be able to breed her again as she had suffered internal trauma. Of course it was one of my best ewe's, a colored Romney with a killer fleece. Hopefully we'll be able to prevent infection. Time will tell. She was up and eating and drinking the next morning so fingers crossed. It was 2am before I got to bed after this one.
Today we had a ewe deliver a white ram lamb and I'm glad to say both Mom and baby are doing fine!
Here's some pics for you:
Looking for the right stop to lamb. This
is a Coopworth ewe which is a cross between
a Romney and Border Leicestershire.
If you look closely you can see a black
head starting to emerge.
Not quite ready to stand
brown sheep in the background is this ewe's lamb
from last year. She's quite curious! It'll be her
turn next Spring.
Lambs born earlier in the week.
Mom wondering what the heck I'm doing!
You're welcome for the link. :) Fun to see.
Sad thing is we had 2 or 3 dark brown/black Hampshire/Suffolk X ewes and hub's brother had a dozen yearling ewes here of the same- mostly Suffolk. And they were all sold!!!
I don't know about pink, but, Peggy Sue, the picture of those luscious brown are pretty luscious.
What lovely spinning!! If only I could spin that nicely. I love the coloring of the yarn too. I could just imagine a lovely sweater made from that!
It really is beautiful, isn't it? Keep practicing, and in no time at all, you too will spin that nicely.
Any more babies yet? Love to see more pictures.
Oh I sure hope so. I do see a difference from when I first started spinning a couple of years ago.
Things have been quiet in the barn, no new babies since the weekend. I took advantage of this yesterday and we had our Easter dinner just in case things are busy again this weekend. Still about 7 or 8 ewes to lamb. When hubby was down at the barn this morning he saw a huge timber wolf walk right down our road past the pasture. We're talking about 11am in the morning! Scary. Fortunately all the lambs are in the barnyard and the pregnant sheep are fenced in the part of the pasture closest to the house.
Oh that's scary. I would be sitting out in the middle of the field with a shotgun and a box full of ammo. Not that I have any clue how to go about shooting a shotgun, but I guess if I had little lambs to protect, I would learn how and quick.
That would be my instinct too... one of my friends has angora goats, and a few years ago a pack of coyotes nearly wiped out her herd... She went and purchased a gun, ammo, and took a class the same week.
that's beautiful Cheryl! i think i'm in love with your woolee winder . . .
Thanks, Christina. I love it and think it is worth the money. But I can understand how people would rather spend the money on fiber. But I know how the perfectionist in me wants my bobbin to be perfectly even. Silly? Yes. But still it is a fact about me that I've learned to live with. So when there is something like a WooLee Winder that can help eliminate my anxiety over something so silly, then I should do so, right?
I've been watching about how to do coils and as soon as I finish the BFL I'm working on, then I plan to try my hand at it with some of your fiber. The video I watched says you start with a thick and thin. Very interesting.
This is NOT how I tried doing coils. I can't wait to try this method.
This looks like fun!
Doesn't it? But I made myself promise I would finish my BFL before I started a new project.
thanks for these cheryl - this does look like fun. yay - another thing to try!