Monday, April 14, 2008

Lacey's Long Day...And Mine, Too!

At about 1430 hrs. this afternoon, Lacey finally began her delivery in earnest, delivering two lambs. This morning she was very restless and wouldn't eat much. I spent most of the day near the monitor in the office. Lacey usually lambs quickly but this time she kept dragging her feet. It appears that both are ram lambs. Yes...it is VERY apparent that the talk I had with Skittles went in one ear and out the other. I will double check myself later just to make sure I did get the sexing correct. I was trying to dip navels, check sex, and was getting licked by Mum all the while. It was clear I was interfering. I stepped back and let this wonderful mother take over and do her job. She's in heaven. She has two babies again.
Above is mother Lacey cleaning off one of the lambs. I usually hesitate to interfere with the bonding activities of a ewe and her lambs, but today the wind was picking up, coming into the barn and trying to chill the damp lambs. I managed to find a few clean towels in amongst the lambing supplies so helped Lacey dry off her offspring. Below you can see that the older sibling has a spotted face! WoHoo! Spots! Markings! Anything but solid black or brown!
And here's the culprit himself...er, sire, I mean. He looks rather pleased with himself, doesn't he? (Shaking head) Must be a guy-thing.

Well, Skit! We're halfway though lambing. You'd better darned well have a ewe lamb up your sleeve somewhere, Bubba! So there! Remember...we are all replaceable! (Shh...don't tell him I really don't mean that. I just want him to think about it for a while)
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16 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

You Arizona shepherds must have something in the water; Lauren ended up 5:1 rams to ewes!

Kathy said...

Must be, Michelle! Both are ram lambs.

Kelly said...

Congratulations on these additions! You must be glad to get a break now before the younger girls' time comes.

Keep those pictures coming! :)

Val said...

Congratulations, Skittles has ears like most males hears what he wants to hear!!!!

Kathy said...

Amen, Val! ;-)

Thanks, My DD!

Garrett808 said...

Congrats Kathy! A SPOTTIE!! WOHOO!! Skittles obviously wants a hoard of sons huh? Then again one of them COULD replace him right? HAHA

Momma sheep are so good at what they do. its so amazing to see first time moms especially have that 'instinct' to take care of babies and feed them.

Congrats again! Healthy lambs are STILL fun lambs to have!

Leigh said...

I'd say Skittles looks exceptionally pleased with himself. But... those babies sure are cute!

Sharon said...

What a sweet little thing he is, catching his first nap in the straw. They start so small and dear and grow up to be Bubba~

Lauren said...

Welcome to Arizona, Ram Lamb Land! I like the one's little top-do. I can't wait to see what they look like all dried off and up and at 'em.

BTW, I like my little plain brown lambs. :-(

Kathy said...

I like the plain browns and blacks, too, Lauren. It's just that I have quite a few already. These guys will hopefully be good enough to go on to flocks of their own, carrying the spots along the way.
I can hardly wait until the next ewes lamb as they are the daughters of these two ewes and bring even more genetic material (colors) to the party!

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Sharon said...

As for processing my fleeces, I have been very pleased with Sherry McKelvy at Morro Fleece Works, Morro Bay, California. You can Google her. She raises alpacas so is experienced at more than just wool. I had her do a alpaca/Rambouillet blend for me last year - to die for!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Cute babies!
I send my fiber to Morro Fleece Works also, I really like her work; I am having some done this year by Ozark, they are a bit cheaper than Morro so I want to see if they are comparable.

Nancy K. said...

So, when is Skittles due???

;-)

Seriously, he looks great! You're going to need to use some spotted girls if you want to take advantage of his spotting genetics....

Kathy said...

He really isn't that fat, Nancy...I think it was the angle and the shadows, although he has been telling me he'd appreciate more food! :)

Juliann said...

Nice photos of Skittles! He is one very impressive looking ram. :)