I got dressed and went down to feed a bit early just to see what all the hub-bub was about. By the time I reached the barn and peeked in at the girls Lacey was frantically trying to dig to China. Hmmm. Defending her territory AND making a nest. These were sure signs Lacey was beginning Labor!
I quickly let Amanda out of the barn to join the youngsters for breakfast and put Lacey into a lambing jug - a small pen where mom can have lambs quietly by herself. Lacey wouldn't touch the small bit of hay I placed in there with her. Another sign of labor.
I went back to the house to have a cup of coffee and glue myself to the monitor in the office. I answered emails and had time to post a short note to this blog about the goings-on. When it came time for another cup of coffee, I took a look at the screen...Lacey was frantically trying to dig a nest out of the straw in between lying down and getting up. No problem...I have time to get another cup.
When I got back from the kitchen I noticed that "something" I had been watching for was taking place. I saw the beginnings of the birth of a lamb! Hurriedly I rushed down to the basement, put on barn shoes and my coat and headed out to the barn. By the time I got there, Lacey's first lamb was halfway here. (I did take pictures but as this is a G-rated blog and don't want to put any of you off your dinners have decided not to post all of those nitty-gritty pictures) :)
So, Folks...let me introduce to you Sheep Thrills Shaun (the black lamb) and his sister, Sheep Thrills Blessa! All three in the little family are doing quite well.
And of course, I made Ralph get in a few pictures for scale...
The only problem I've run into is that our weather was turning quite nasty today, so I had to plug-in a heat lamp for the lambs and Lacey. We are expecting snow tonight and tomorrow and our night-time temperatures are still quite low, The heat lamp reflection is the red you see on Lacey's face in this photo to the right.
Shaun appears to be all black while Blessa is a mocha brown with a white semblance of a krunet marking (white crown at the top of her head). I also noticed that Blessa has white hairs on her ears and is lighter around the eyes and mouth. This means she carries genetics for greying and will probably change color on us.
So, there you have it, Bob's your Uncle! I see from the monitor right now that the little family is snug and sleeping. You deserve it, Lacey!
So, Amanda...when is it going to be your turn?