|Maddy and her ewe lamb|
The color on this one is pretty puzzling, she looks decidedly brown on her back half but definitely black on her head. I think maybe she's emsket and Mia's lamb is shaela.
|Mia and her ewe lamb|
This morning at 4 a.m. I checked the barn cam and saw that Rose had lambed. So I whipped on some sweats and ran out to find she delivered a good sized English Blue Patterned ram lamb. He's a Shetland/Bluefaced Liecester cross. She had licked him off well and was very attentive to him - great! I stripped her teats and put a section of hog panel up around them since Maddy was still in the Sydell pen. Went back in to sleep a little longer. Before going back out, I mixed up some lamb milk replacer with some powdered colostrum. I've never had a BFL lamb without having to supplement for the first 6-8 hours because the moms are a bit touchy with their bags or the lambs can't find the teat. But this is what I saw when I got out there.
Amazing! What a good mom she is and to think she's only a yearling. I wonder if it's the influence of her sire, Ward Harwell and the fact that the hybrid lambs may be a bit more aggressive nursers than purebred BFLs. I hope my other two BFL ewes are as easy as Rose. Her lamb was doing so well, I let them out on grass for a while this morning.
Looks like Rita (in the foreground above) will be next and she's definitely carrying a bigger load than Rose was.
Not to be outdone, the hen hatched out a batch of chicks this weekend too. I haven't let them out of the barn, so no photos yet. The Shetland goose started setting on about a dozen eggs last week. I hope some of her eggs are fertile this year.