Here are a few more pictures taken last week. Upon looking at the lambs this morning, I have realized just how fast they are growing...not only in their bodies, but in their behavior and minds as well. The lambs have started eating more and more solid foods while the moms have shortened nursing times dramatically. I find this funny as the lambs simply run a circuit of "Lamb Races" only to head back to Mama for a quick drink before heading out again. They may not be nursing as long but what they lack of in time they make up for in quantity.
Sugar (white/gray with spot) and her sister, Candy, were a few days behind the other lambs. These are Ailee's girls who were born by c-section. They are two of the sweetest sheep I have ever seen - hence the names.
This little charmer is one of Amanda's triplets. I haven't named her as yet. Her sisters are darker but she's got some interesting markings - or is it pheomelanin coming through the white? Wikipedia has a nice simple definition for we mere mortals: "Another common form of melanin is pheomelanin, a red-brown polymer of benzothiazine units largely responsible for red hair and freckles." Hmm...maybe I should name her "Freckles"???
Here's Loretta with her two. We've tentatively named her ram lamb "Rory", after the little sheep of The Barn comic strip. I need to get a nice photo of Rory to send to the cartoonist who does the strip. He is so very nice and really gives us a chuckle each morning.
Candy and Sugar taking a bit of a siesta in Ailee's feeder.
Candy, being sweet. Normally she's jumping all over me wanting a scratch or a brisket rub. We're working on "minding our manners" this week.
And finally, They're Off!!! The Lamb Races have begun in earnest here at Sheep Thrills Farm!
So...whose YOUR money on?