Monday, May 10, 2010

A Few More Pictures -or- They're Off!

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?

6 comments:

Michelle said...

The one in the LEAD, obviously! They're all so cute; I think Loki did GREAT (the moms, too :-)

Sharon Campbell said...

They are wonderful and make me laugh. Lambs are just silly. Thanks!

Tammy said...

Love the updates. What a pretty bunch of lambs you have this year. Lamb races are such a hoot. Lamb races here were kinda subdued this year. Too much time between births and several 'cliques' formed. And now they think they are mostly all grown up! I would guess pheo on the one lamb. Loved the freckles and red hair defination. Who knew??
Take care,
Tammy

libertatemamo said...

It was so wonderful to meet you during our stay in Munds Park & see your lambs. I went ahead and updated our blog with your story today. Thanks so much for the roasts & eggs!
http://wheelingit.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/beyond-farmers-markets-sheep-thrills-farm-az/
Nina & Paul

Rascal said...

That looks like fun! From a distance of course. Cats don't race. Cats observe with superiority.

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad to see all the babies are doing so well after your scare this winter. They are so precious! Enjoy!