Monday, April 30, 2012

A Few More Lamb Photos

This little guy is a Shetland/Icelandic cross (above)

 Josie's Gray/Moorit Ram

 Lambie's Gray/Moorit Ram Lamb
DiDi's twin rams (the white ones) 

Alice's lambs - Mr B(white lamb)  and his sister.
Delilah and lambs.  -black ewe lamb / white ram lamb

Mr B.

I have been really behind on getting new lamb pictures posted.   We are up to 7 ewe lambs and 10 or 11 rams.  I thought we had just a few more ewes to lamb, but it's looking like some of last years lambs -the yearlings, might  be milking up  

This little guy spent a night in the house with us last week.   I don't like to take them away from their momma, but this little guy was pretty unresponsive out in the pasture.   I checked on him several times and it seemed that he wasn't getting milk.   His mother was very attentive to him, and while best case scenerio would have been to take him to the barn with his family,  I couldn't get his mother in there.   (his mom is  wild Alice)   I had Alice in the barn to shear her when she had her babies and it seemed like he was getting milk then, but a day later it seemed a different story.
 Thanks to some wonderful goats milk from my neighbor Marlene, this little guy was up and running in no time!

 I took him back to Alice the next morning when it seemed like he was going to be ok and while Alice was a little uncertain about it all at first, she welcomed him back.    I was able to get her in the barn finally the following day and we were able to get the vet out to take a look at her.  It seems one of her udders has been damaged.  I thought she had mastitis last year, and after gathering the supplies needed, I tested and it was negative for mastitis.   I'm not sure, but think that she might have had mastitis in an earlier year and I didn't catch it.
 Despite that, she is a beautiful, hardy ole gal.   The vet said she is fine, and while I thought I would have to retire her, his advice was that we could keep breeding her as long as we didn't mind bottle lambs.  She has beautiful lambs, but I didn't want to keep breeding her if this was a condition that was hard on her.

 As far as minding bottle lambs ?  Does it look like we mind bottle lambs?

I just hate bumming milk!  (yet that goats milk is some really great stuff!)  Marlene is so kind and has always been so generous with her supply of goats milk.   We appreciate it and this little guy ? well, it keeps him coming back! 
Although he seems to hate to say goodbye, his mother is calling and he knows we'll be back in a little while.   Go ahead little guy - go be a lamb!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Lambs

Out of 11 lambs, we are up to 3 ewe lambs. Fortunately we have several more ewes to lamb yet.

This little gal is one of Carlies' angels.

This is her sister:

This cute fella belongs to DiDi (from the lamb that had a broken leg/surgery, etc a couple of years ago)

And this is his adorable brother:

And this cutie is mine. He's been such a great helper. He showed me today that he can catch the lambs by himself now. (which is a skill that will be very helpful this fall come shearing time!) He sure loves to "hold the b mom!" "hold the b!"

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mug Giveaway

And the winner of the pottery mug (with the assistance of was comment #3 - Sharrie.

If you can get in touch with me with your address, I'll get this right out! Thanks for playing!

I'm a little behind on lamb posts - -ram lambs (looks like it's going to be a ram lamb year for sure -5 rams to 1 little ewe) - I'll post more photos soon!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Gray/Moorit Ram Lamb

Lambie had her lamb today. Her lambing record is pretty consistent: 1,1,1, ram, ram, ram. Her first lambing was a white lamb, 2nd year (last year) was a black lamb, and this year, she's had this lovely little gray moorit lamb.

I didn't realize Lambie carried the moorit gene, so that was a surprise. I guess a real surprise from her now would be twin ewes next year!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New Lambs

Deliliah had a set of twins yesterday, a ram (above) and a ewe.

This little gal here looks to be a gray black (see the silver around her mouth?) She'll have a gray undercoat with a black outer coat.

Big brother coming to check things out!