Lamb photos tonight for you all. The babies are literally popping out - about 5 a day but one day there were 20 born! This usually happens the third week after the first lambs begin arriving. We put the rams in with the ewe flocks August 1st and so technically, babies should have begun arriving January 1st (gestation is 5 months). But as with any birth, some babies arrived ahead of schedule.
The cold and snow and ice has made it very difficult for The Farmer and the helpers. I particularly do not like walking on ice and the "cramp-ons" I got for my boots do not fit my super warm boots. Have not had any time to find larger ones so I wait until sand and salt has been put down to walk on the ice.
|This lamb is part Cheviot -I can tell by the ears.|
|Lambs frequently snuggle together to keep warm.|
These two are twins from a black mama. Aren't their markings sweet? We aren't having many black lambs this year. Color is a genetic thing so it must be that the rams we are using now do not have the colored gene.
I'll post more tomorrow if time allows. And again -- thank you for the book orders.
If you have any questions about lambing, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will try to answer them.