Friday, April 8, 2016
OMG The Wind and a Couple of Lamb Pics
So I started letting the new babies and their mama's out into the West paddock for just a few hours in the afternoon under close supervision. It's been about 3 weeks since I seen our resident Baldy, who apparently is not going as far away as usual this year. Typically the Bald Eagles leave in February or March and I don't see them again until November. This year at least one seems to be sticking around longer. Last I saw him or her, he had something out in the plowed field across the road so I am waiting until the lambs are at least three weeks old before letting them stay out in a pasture un-supervised. Last year a local lost two baby kids to a pair of eagles about this time so I am not taking chances.
While I was letting the two mommies and lambs out apparently I missed the fact that number 61, a first year breeding ewe, had taken herself into the third open lambing stall and delivered two black baby boys all by herself. I am not even sure how I missed her but by the time we discovered her the deed was already done. We just helped with the drying off part and gave her food and water and made sure the lambs were nursing properly.
After dinner I need to go back out and get the door open to the fourth birthing stall because I am willing to bet at least one other ewe is going to drop tonight.
While all this lambing is going on we are under constant attack by winds. It's so bad this year that even the city folk are complaining about it. One of the local stations did a whole segment on why the winds are so bad this year the other morning which I was watching before work. I had to chuckle because while the duration seems a bit extended this year the over all ferocity actually seems less than normal at least out here. I told one of my co-workers if he wanted to experience real windstorms to come out to the Small-Hold while he was complaining this morning. I don't think he believed me when I told him he knew nothing of winds living in the city. I am betting my neighbors who live further North into the plains are really getting clobbered right now.
I heard some roof metal banging again this afternoon but couldn't spot which section was doing it. Looks like I am going to be climbing back up there before long though.
On a rather happy/excited/sad note my work crew/Son has taken a job with his brother down in Florida operating a shrimp boat for the Summer. He shipped out this afternoon and I am sure going to miss him and not just for the extra hands and arms either. The place kinda seems a bit empty without him around and his cat is already driving me crazy not to mention the damned dog. Still just like I told him it's an opportunity I would never have passed up at his age. A Summer away in Florida on a professional fishing boat. The stories he will have and the bikinis on the beach would be enough to get me there even if they weren't paying me.
I have been all over the world. Put up big grain bins out west, worked at a livestock barn in the Dakotas, Managed a hotel in Santa Fe, went to Germany in the Army and owned a condo in Florida to go deep sea fishing a lot but I have never worked on a professional shrimp boat. Honestly I think the allure of an adventure I know nothing about was a part of his decision to go as much as anything else.
Man the more I think about it the more fun it sounds. Getting old sucks :)
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