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.