|I shoveled out that service door 5 times in 24 hours when we got 11" of snow last week.|
Hay is VERY expensive due to last summer's drought and this never-ending winter. I saw some nice small square grass/clover bales sell for $8.10 this morning. Wow, over $200 for a small stack of 25 bales!
But the good news is that lambs have started to arrive --
|Once she was warmed up, she was hungry. I gave her a bottle and brought her right back out to mom and the heat lamp.|
This is the first set of triplets ever born here at River Oaks. So I am quite excited and maybe a bit overprotective of them and Rita. She lost a lot of condition during the pregnancy. I started feeding her extra rations a couple weeks before she delivered. And now I've upped her rations and am supplementing all the lambs with 2 oz. bottles of milk replacer three times a day.
|I love these little preemie bottles. I saved them from when Matt was born at just 3.5 pounds -- 24 years ago. They work great for newborn lambs. You can see that Corningware we got as a wedding gift in 1975 too. I guess I need to go shopping!|
Leta had a big single ram lamb in the early hours of April 22. I found her and the lamb out in the Megahut when I went out in the morning. He was already well fed and followed her back to the barn and into the jug. He was bouncing and kicking up his heels within hours of his birth.
I am so happy with my homegrown Bluefaced Leicester ewes for being such great mothers right from the start. The Bluefaced Leicester ewes I started out with back in 2008 were good enough moms, but they were not attentive to their newborn lambs and they were reluctant to let the lambs nurse in the first 12 hours. We had to hold them so the lambs could nurse, which was very frustrating. But in March of 2011 things turned around. They all had twins (Rita, Leta, and Luna were born then) and were great moms. So I'm glad I hung in there with the BFLs. I love their fleece and their personalities.
I've been doing a lot of felting and am currently working on some river themed pieces. Will post felt photos next time. And of course there will be more lamb photos as they arrive! Six more ewes to go. :-)