Friday, April 11, 2008

Amanda the Obscene -or- Look Out! She's Gonna Blow!

As you will see from the following two pictures, Amanda really does look like a tick about to pop! I was out at the barn changing bedding in the pre-delivery waiting area as well as making sure the jugs were ready for use at any time. When I got to the barn, both girls came outside to greet me. You can tell they were both reposing by the straw stuck to them.

Amanda is HUGE and her udder is big and tight. If this keeps up, she's going to have "horizontal spigots" instead of teats! They are almost to that position already. Poor girl. As I was removing old bedding she kept coming to see if I was done or not. Then she'd wander out into the pasture to catch up to Lacey. When I was through I called them in. Lacey managed a little trot, but Amanda just waddled quickly towards me. One thing I did notice was that she was wagging her tail quite a bit - a sign that lambs are jockeying for their starting positions, no doubt.

Above, you can see that Lacey is no slouch herself in the width department. I really thing Lacey will have twins. Amanda is either going to have triplets or a couple of really big bruisers like last year. She does seem bigger on one side...way bigger than what just one lamb would take up. We'll just have to wait and see won't we?

And while I was outside I saw we had a neighbor stop in to see what's going on. This is a Blue Heron who lives in our neighborhood. When he starts coming around I know it's time to re-new my fishing license and throw the crayfish trap in the stream. Yummmm....etouffee!
Looks like I will be home for a while - back and forth waiting for lambs to start. I notice that when the younger expectant ewes are in the pasture, Loretta will lie down when her babies start moving. Whatever she's doing she stops, and with a puzzled look on her face lies down, then eats the grass around her. Strange. But I guess no stranger than pickles and ice cream.

And so it begins...
Hmm...Maybe I better call the vet just to make sure he hasn't made out-of-town plans!

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Corinne R. said...

Holy cow, or sheep! What does Amanda have in there! You better stand back when that belly blows!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Yes, I think that call the vet would be a good idea. Not that you'll need him.... :-)

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

Come on Kathy! Tell those girls to get on with it before you pull your hair out! Good luck and here's hoping for ewe lambs!!

Sharon said...

What is it about a watched pot never boils? Waiting for babies - oh my. Poor Amanda. Poor Kathy~

Katie said...

Congrats Kathy!
I too, have not had much luck in the lambing dept. as for ewe lambs. Out of the two sets of triplets this year, one was a ewe lamb(w/horns to boot I might add!!).

Keep your chin up, there is always NEXT lambing season and further negotiations w/Skittles!

Peace to Ewe,