Saturday, April 12, 2008

Thar She Blows!

We're off and running! Amanda presented us with two strapping ram lambs this morning! Boys (darn it) and Mom are doing well. Apparently that discussion I had with Skittles did not sink in. That'll teach me to have a serious conversation with a ram right before being turned in with the ewes.
Now we'll keep closer eyes on everyone else. I really expected Amanda to have tripoets this year. Who can tell? I have to make a trip to the feed store so I'll leave my DH to watch the monitor. He just finished putting a new connection in as we've lost the camera in the other side of the barn. At least we have a camera where it's critical.

As for me...I think a cup of hot tea is in order. :)
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12 comments:

Lauren said...

Congratulations! And they're big, too! I understand the boy dilemna as we ended up with four rams and only one ewe but at least they're healthy. We've certainly heard some horror stories through the Shetland group this spring.

Congrats again and I hope you savored that cup o' tea.

Kelly said...

Congrats, Mom! Looking forward to hearing the gory details later today :)

Val said...

Congrats, Pity Skittles didn't listen but at least they are healthy, maybe Lacey will oblige with ewes

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Hmm, I'm going to go check on Dinah. She isn't due until the 19th, but if yours are going to go early, maybe mine will, too. I've got to be able to incorporate Brava back into the ewe flock, though, before I need the jug for Dinah; she's better start behaving soon!

Nancy K. said...

That poor ewe!!! Those babies (together) are almost as big as her! You shearer did such a nice job on your sheep. Half of mine already look like "swamp creatures"....

Tammy said...

Congrats on your first lambs of the season! It sure seems to be a ram year for allot of folks! Amanda looks so much more comfortable now. Those are whoppers for sure. Are they black or moorit? They look black but it's often hard to tell from the photos. Amanda is gorgeous. I love her dark, almost mahogany colored face. So you are off and running---good luck with everyone.
Tammy

Kathy said...

Thanks so much, Everyone! I believe one of the bruisers is dark brown, the other black. The light today was terrible for pictures - we had wind so had to keep the barn shutters closed to keep the little guys and the moms comfortable. I'm not sure but one may have some white on him.
Amanda always gives me large healthy lambs. One of the boys has soft fleece, the other tight curls.

The way they've been eating makes me wonder if there is "pig" somewhere in their ancestry! LOL!

Sharon said...

Oh man, I was just talking to my neighbor this morning - she has a substantial Shetland flock and she's having a pretty unfortunate lamb spring. It appears that she has run into some recessive gene problems and is losing some of her lambs. When you stop to think about, this breed has a relatively shallow gene pool. I know she would love to post happy pictures like yours. Her tears aren't tears of happiness.

Leigh said...

So cute! Great photos. Congratulations to Mom and Shepherds!

Mim said...

Hi Kathy nice to meet you! I have seen your blog before. I copied your Weather Pixie idea! Those are huge lambs no wonder you ewe was BIG! I'm starting this lambing season bad but do still pray this is not genetic!

Garrett808 said...

congrats Kathy! Sorry there weren't three lambs in there but hey, two healthy ones are still good right? CONGRATS on the dark lambs :) do your girls carry spot!? Skittles sure does!

I've had three ewes lamb in the last 2 days...the rest are due any day! I'm getting ZERO sleep!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

We evened out I think on ewe vs ram; with the tunis we had 5 rams and 4 ewes, the rest I would have to look at...
nice babies, cant wait to see more!