Friday, April 04, 2008

Ladies in Waiting...and Waiting...and Waiting


My two older Shetland ewes should be lambing in about 10 days. That is, if they don't explode first. I don't worry about Lacey, but Amanda is the one who always looks like a tick about to pop. She had two very large ram lambs last year - and the way she's looking this year, it'll be the same or triplets.

Amanda is the darker of these two ewes. I also took a photo of her from the back as it illustrates just how big, wide, and explosive she really looks but it was a bit too graphic and I wanted to keep my PG-13 rating here. Trust me...she's b-i-g and it ain't all fat!


I've had to separate the two ladies from the younger girls as I noticed Lacey's ewe lamb from last year, Blessa, was trying to nurse Lacey. Blessa had a total look of surprise after her mom's fleece came off. It was almost as if she said, "Oh, look! There IT is!" It was a look as if Linus had found his blanket after Lucy hid it for a long time. And seeing her mother's developing udder, she dove in again, looking at her mother then complaining "Got milk?". The answer was no, but that didn't keep Blessa from trying.
So, Blessa and the younger bred ewes are keeping each other company while Amanda and Lacey get a bit of a rest - and a more restricted diet as they both tend to pack on the pounds while pregnant.

At least they haven't asked me for pickles and ice cream...yet.


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10 comments:

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I really love Amanda's color! Is she the one that had the rich red ram?

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

Here's hoping the girls hurry up and present their lambs for you SOON!! We'll wait for the photos!!

Sharon said...

Who *doesn't* pack on the pounds when pregnant?! At least they also get to pack on the fleece to hide it.

Lauren said...

My goodness, that Amanda IS a big girl! I can't wait to see what she brings into the world. And I love her coloring!

It's funny how some get so huge and others barely show. We had a post-castration surprise this morning and, even though I wasn't looking for signs of pregnancy with this ewe, it sure wasn't obvious from casual observance.

Franna said...

Naughty Blessa! I've seen some of the coming yearlings looking, but none trying. The ewes do look rather burlesque from the back this season of the year, don't they? We have one that is positively X-rated.
- Franna

Val said...

I hope your talk to Skittles paid off and he took some notice!!!!!!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Waiting with baited breath for the lambies to present themselfs! Tell those ewes to get off the stick! Its time already!

Rascal said...

The ladies look awfully interested in you. Do you have sheep treats?

Kathy said...

Rascal - No, I didn't have any cookies with me. I think the girls just feel comfortable with me. They will come up to me and put their heads in my lap for scratches or a back rub. They're good girls. I think they are enjoying a break from the younger girls with some quiet time for themselves before the busy-ness of raising new babies happens.

Kathy said...

No, Michelle...Lacey is the one who had Shaun and Blessa. Shaun is turning into a red-iset. An unusual color to be sure!