Friday, April 10, 2009

We now have 16 baby lambs!!

OK, we MIGHT be done with lambs now. Velma has not given birth, and she might not have gotten tagged from Jean Claude. There is a chance that she may have gotten tagged from Charlie Brown, or Linus, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Our original 2 ewes, Laverne and Shirley gave birth this week. On Tuesday, Laverne brought us 2 ewes - Wilma and Betty. Wilma has the small black spot in her back, and Betty has the large black spot on her back, seen here, nursing with mama. Laverne and Shirley are sort of our favorites. They were our first, they are friendly with us, and they have been good mothers, as well as stout sheep. If we keep any of these lambs, we will keep from Laverne or Shirley.

Here is a picture of Laverne and Shirley the summer that we bought them.
Shirley surprised us with triplets today - 2 rams and a ewe. It's highly likely this is the ewe we will keep. And we REALLY need to make sure miss Shirley doesn't get pregnant again any time soon. If we choose to keep a ram from this lot - we need to keep him away from Shirley. The poor girl needs a break! She just had Charlie Brown and Linus in September. She is now the proud mama of (this is for you, Stacey...) Shrek, Donkey and Fiona.

Here is little Fiona

This is Shrek

And this little one is Donkey.

Now I have the dubious job of keeping all their names straight. Larry thinks I like to say their names just to hear my own voice, but really it's about repetition. The more I say their names when looking at each one of them, the more likely I am to remember them. It's sort of easy now to see which ewe they latch on to, but as they get older and more independent - it'll be hard to remember who is who!

But I do have fun sheep names... for our mama's, we have: Laverne, Shirley, Marcia, Jan, Cindy, Alice, Daphne, Velma, Lucy, Penelope and Gertrude

For our little lambs, we have: Fred, Ginger, Trouble, Sparks, Simon, Daisy Maisy, Little Orphan Annie, Arlo, Angel, Pebbles, BamBam, Wilma, Betty, Shrek, Donkey and Fiona.

Until and unless Velma is pregnant, that's all folks!!