Sunday, April 10, 2016
Sunday Reading - All Hands on Deck
So the lamb flood gate was opened Friday night and Saturday morning for a bit and we now have four new sets of twins. Amazingly I think out of the 13 lambs we have so far only one has been a ewe. Five lambs and mothers have been turned out with the flock now while the other eight are still in their birthing stalls waiting another day or two. We actually ran out of birthing stalls and had to throw together one pen for this latest round of lambs.
Ya not the most pleasant of pics of this pair is it? Funny how yellow they look right after being born. One thing that has gone well this year as opposed to last year is we have not had any long wait times between siblings being born. Last year it happened enough that we ended up with two bottle babies because they were born so far apart the mother ewe's wouldn't accept the second one, especially if the second one was a different color.
One of the culprits last year was this ewe #115. No problems this year however although she kinda looks like she is screaming "Get it out of here" in the above picture.
We tagged, banded and shot three more this morning to let them out with the flock and I decided to just let the flock have the West pasture to romp in. They will destroy the West pasture pretty quick but it's time to let the hay field grow back and I don't want the new babies out there yet anyway.
I really need to get this fencing done so I can start rotating the flock around but by this time if/when I get the other two paddocks finished it will be too late for the West side and I will need to do some work on it to get it growing again. Oh well not much choice in the matter.
These two boys were let out of their dark birthing stall for the first time this morning and immediately went up to this cinder block and attempted to eat it. That wasn't working so they tried to play with it or make friends. "What is it?" they asked each other. "What is that thing on your ear and why does my tail feel so funny?"
I wonder if they realize that board they are standing in front of is loose because of their daddy head butting it? Not that he is in there now but that's the stall I had him in before shearing and he didn't like being locked up very much.
At least we now have three more stalls available for the next batch of births. So far none appear to be ready this morning but that can change pretty quick.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!