Sunday, January 26, 2014

Unexpected Triplets

 I was pleasantly surprised to find 3 new little lambs in the barn this morning. Since I had two mamas left to give birth, I only assumed that they both did. I wasted about 15 minutes trying to get Gertrude to go back into the barn to tend to her lamb. Sharon never left their sides. Knowing that Gertrude IS a pain in the rear, but NOT a bad mama (she's one of the more protective ones) and seeing the size of the littlest lamb that Sharon was still working to clean off, I realized, my brand new mama had triplets!

Sharon is Shirley's daughter from last year. Shirley, until now, was the only mama we had that bore triplets, she tends to give us triplets every other year.  Shirley is now nine and a half years old, so I have been trying to keep her genetics whenever she gives us ewes. We have two of her daughters, Peppermint Patty and Sharon, and one granddaughter - Clarice.   Shirley's genetics are also beneficial because she is out only 100% hair sheep - no shearing!

Peppermint Patty has lambed 3 times, giving us a single, twins and another single. Clarice has lambed twice, giving us singles both times (one of them being the very lovely Beyla!) Sharon is off to a good start, she's almost all hair and sheds well, like her mama, and her first time out of the gate, she gives us beautiful triplets. One of them is super teeny, just not enough room to grow inside a new mama's tummy. 

They are all ewe lambs, often ram lambs are a bit bigger than their sisters, but all three of these are different in size.

Here is the first born, Sol (sun). She clearly had time to nurse with mama between lambings, and was already full and napping in the sun.





 Here we have the second born on the right, Nanna (mother). She had a great latch and was nursing from mama for a while.  Gersemi (precious one) is on the left. She's the smallest lamb I have ever seen.  I'll try to get a photo of all three together so you can see their size difference. It won't last long.

Mama's udders went from grapefruit sized to basketball size over night. Just like her own mama, I have no doubt she can take care of all three of her young.  It's a nice warm day today, but to make sure these lambs all get a strong bond with mama, they will be locked in a stall today. It's easy for new lambs to get lost in the jumble at the hay feeder. And we don't need any stressed out babies or mamas.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Beyla

This little beauty was born Tuesday night. I absolutely LOVE her coloring! This is Beyla, a little ewe lamb from mama Clarice. This is Clarice's second time lambing, she's doing great.








Beyla has some of the same speckled, splotchy white coloring as mama, but much more of it.  If I don't keep her, I am considering keeping her hide as a blanket!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5 New Lambs

 
We had 5 little lambs born just a few weeks ago, I am finally getting around to posting their pics.
 
Here is Angel mama with her 2 lambs - in the background we have Gerda, who is looking at us, and we have Freyja who is trying to get a drink from mama. We will be keeping Freyja!  The one in the front of the photo is Bragi, who belongs to Judy (who isn't in the picture).  Bragi is Judy's first lamb, and he's super cute.
 
 
Marcia also had two little lambs, the one on the left is Tyr, her ram lamb. The one on the right is Skadi, her ewe lamb, who we are also keeping!
 

In this photo, we have two lambs up front who aren't little anymore, but I don't think I ever posted their photos. On the left is Gefjon, and on the right is Sif.  Just behind Sif is our first born, Odin, and the little black lamb behind him, who is growing quickly, is Eir.

 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Volunteer Program

Long Shadow Farm is starting a new and organized volunteer program this year. I need some helping hands on occasion to get projects done that take more than one person to complete. Check out the "Volunteer" tab over there on the right to find out more.  I know, sometimes volunteering means shoveling poop, sometimes it'll be things that are a big more fun than that! It's a chance to lend a hand, spend some time getting dirt under your finger nails or spending time with the animals. We look forward to working with you this year!