Wednesday, April 8, 2015
I GOTS BLING!!!!
After my work run this afternoon we had to do a little re-arranging. We divided the main part of the barn down the middle with panels and set up a pre-school/daycare center section. It was time for the first born set of seven lambs to meet their new young flock-mates.
Before going out into toddler population though they needed to be tagged, shot and banded. In my opinion it is just best to get these three things done before the lambs are a week old. It may cause them some trust issues but they are so much easier to handle and hold still. By shot I mean their first round of medications, anti-bodies that type of thing. Banded is putting the rubber band around their tails so they fall off.
We have two colors of tags. Orange for Lamar, our late Blue Faced Leicester Ram, and Yellow for Frazier, our mixed breed terminal Ram. Girls get tags in their right ear, boys get tagged on their left. This way I can identify them at least for sorting and mating purposes at a glance.
While taking care of this bit of housekeeping another ewe gave birth to twins, both boys. One ewe had triplets yesterday and no milk so we are bottle feeding them. Another ewe had complications this afternoon which ended in one still born lamb and one live one and then another ewe had her twins once it started storming again.
At this point I think I am missing someone too. Pretty much every stall and the new temporary enclosure I made are full and three ewes with their lambs are in the daycare center. I think we are just a little past halfway finished but we left the ewes in with the rams so long this year we could be waiting on ewes well into June.
The first round lambs are out meeting the other lambs int heir age group and already starting to bounce around playfully and showing an interest in nibbling the hay a bit.
They grow so fast.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!