Well yesterday was just a rainy day, as was today. Wyatt and I went out to check the sheep as soon as the rain let up (only to have the skies open up while we were still in the pasture). Chloe was having contractions the first time we were out checking on them, but I didn't know how long she had been in labor. I kept checking on her and the next time I went to the pasture, the lamb was showing. Long story short, an hour and a half later, I called my neighbor for back-up, support, and child care! (just imagine the baby in the stroller, me stradling the ewes neck with my knees - she's facing downhill, I'm facing uphill, she's headed downhill- I'm going with her... the goat is headed to the stroller... ) Thanks Marlene for all your help, advice, and entertaining Wyatt. I don't like to get involved unless it's absolutely necessary, and even though the ewe was still able to get up and carry me downhill, Marlene helped to reassure me that she did need help. This is actually the first time that I've had to assist a ewe. I was afraid that it was too late and the lamb wouldn't make it, but as you can see this story ends well. The angle of this picture, the lamb looks like he has a little head, but it's just the angle.. this fella was huge! Once he was on the ground, I headed back to the house. The next visit to the field I found a little sister. Seeing these two next to each other, for whatever reason, made me think of Tarzan and Jane... I don't know why, but that's their names. Tarzan has to eat on his knees because he's too tall to eat standing up.
We have 7 lambs now - 3 rams and 4 ewes.
5 Ewes to go... hoping they will lamb when the sun is shining. (and not need any help.. that would be great)