On Tuesday Boop added another member to the flock. Boppit weighed in at 12 lb, bringing our lamb count to 41. We still have 7 ewes who haven’t lambed, but none of them are showing signs that they are bred. I’m thinking we are done for the year. That’s OK with me. I need a break. 41 is a count I can live with. It’s twice as many lambs as we’ve had in a at least 2 years. We had one still-birth and a couple close calls. And 41 strong, healthy lambs, growing fast.
So while I was doing chores I had three new mamas in the barn with me. Next thing I knew there was a 4th ewe in the barn. Tinkerbell had let herself in. I have no idea how she got in. Maybe she jumped the gate or crawled under it. But one way or another she was inside and she was in labor. She wanted to have her baby inside! She had a nice big 10 lb girl, Wendy. Four births in 24 hours. Another busy day for Spaulding 5 months ago!
When I got to the barn to do chores I found Bear cleaning off her newborn boy, Leonard.
Leonard is the first lamb I have ever seen sporting Mutton Chop facial hair. So friggin’ cute! We are not sure if he is going to make it, though. Bear is doing a Great Job taking care of him. The problem is, he doesn’t seem to know how to eat. For some reason he does not seem to have an instinct to suckle or swallow. Sissy milked a few ounces of colostrum from bear and tubed it into his stomach. I really hope he figures it out.
Today was ridiculously hot and humid. And poor Pia had to go through labor. She had a boy, Perry, and a girl, Pixie. They are both strong and healthy, weighing in at 10 lb apiece. Even after Pia cleaned them off it took forever for them to dry in the humid air. The girls barely grazed today. They just stood in the shade panting.
First time mama, Frilly, gave birth to a 10 lb healthy boy today. Frilly did a great job cleaning little Franz and bonding with him. When it comes to letting him suckle, she needs some convincing. Some first-timers just don’t react well to the sensation. Sissy and I have to hold her still for now. Hopefully she will get used to the idea quickly.
Another baby was born this evening after I left for work. Will get photos tomorrow.