In this post we'll start off with photos of all the beautiful lambs that were born in March.
|Left to right: Roxie, Leta, Rita, and Luna in back|
Eva, a 6 year-old 3/4 BFL ewe lost a set of moorit twins sired by Elvis, due to the placenta coming before the lamb. I had never seen this before and didn't know what to do (I have since learned that one has to go right in and pull the lamb in this case - but Eva had never lambed before and she was definitely not dilated). I had a call in to the vet, but by the time she was on her way several hours later, Eva had delivered the first of the twins and the second came shortly afterward without problems.
So 24 lambs born, four sets of triplets, five sets of twins, and two singles. Twenty-two live lambs.
It was a ewe lamb year with 16 ewes and 6 rams. I have been supplementing the triplets who seem hungry. All the lambs are doing well and growing like weeds. They are now 4-6 weeks old and I'm about done supplementing them.
The Shetland lambs were all twins and singles, and they are well-fed fat little buggers. I will posting the lambs for sale soon. I need to cut back on my flock (now at 43 sheep) because I am selling my farm and MOVING! Yes, the sheep and poultry are coming with me; we're building a beautiful new barn for them. ;-)