Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yearling Ewes Settling In

We moved the yearling lambs just in the nick of time. All of them were born last winter and we expected that they would be lambing very soon. They all spread out far across the field making "sheep paths" across the snow. They weren't happy in the barn since they really have never known about having a roof over their heads. 

We were uncomfortable not being able to offer shelter for them. Having a lamb for the first time is similar to being a first time mother. Some of them take to it beautifully. And then there are others who drop the baby and leave it to freeze in the snow. We've been watching carefully to see how each one of them does. If they seem like they need a little help with their mothering skills, we put the mama and lamb into a maternity pen for a few days. 

Some of them are fine and need no help! That's great.

It finally is starting to feel like winter is on the way out. Finally! The snow is melting in many places. Now we just have to get over the fifth season in New England - "MUD SEASON!" YUCK!


Nichole said...

Great pics- esp that 2nd shot! LOVE!

Missouri Gal said...

Those babies are so sweet! And it's muddy in central Missouri. Eww!

Cat said...

Those are some great pics! I have llamas that are the same way, craptastic weather, they still don't want to come into shelter. And you have Mud Season, too? Yikes! ;)


loripall said...

I won't complain about the frozen ground in No. Michigan!

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

I'm with you about the mud! I've got old towels at each door. Yesterday we had a gorgeous spring day and today nothing but rain and now snow is predicted for the weekend! Calgon take me away!

Land in Texas said...

They are simply adorable, leaving yourself get mud is just worth it cause the lambs were totally cute.