Friday, March 4, 2011
The best way
After all my fussing, worrying and watching, when I walked in to the barn this morning......there she was; baby number one for the 2011 lambing season. I checked at midnight and again at 3:30 am and nothing was happening. Gabby had her first lamb, quietly and apparently calmly, all by herself early this morning. She had a single little ewe lamb, who is already bouncing around her mama in the lambing pen. Gabby, who as you might remember is the sister of the famous Graham Lamb, is a first time mother and is showing great mothering instincts. That would be the best way for all the lambs to be born........on their own, up and nursing when I find them.
Two ewes were due yesterday and they are still standing and lying around, shifting their weight from one foot to the other, looking off to the distance with that "hearing voices from a far away place" expression on their faces. Gabby was actually due today, so at least she is abiding by my records! I'm guessing we'll have several more babies today or tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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Yay! I've been in lambing watch mode for 1 week already and am exhausted before any lambs have even come yet.ReplyDelete
You are right that having them on their own is the best way. My husband always says "Sheep have been having lambs for thousands of years without your help..." But, of course, I still watch and worry.
All the best for the rest of lambing.
I'm am dancing around like a kid at the end of a long line for the bathroom waiting for lambs here. I SO want lambs from the ram I leased, and no one is looking due as quickly as they would be from his stint. I'm hoping everyone is going to "blossom" at the last minute - and I'll have lambs a week from now!ReplyDelete
Congratulations! Now the fun begins. What a sweet little thing she is....would she be a pure Cotswold?ReplyDelete
Denise-She's a real mash-up! She's got Romney, BFL and CVM breeding behind her. I'm working on the perfect fleece!ReplyDelete
Good for Gabby! What a great natural mother....the little one is delectable.ReplyDelete
I hope all your lambs drop as easily!!
Nancy - sheepless in Iowa
Congrats on a healthy ewe lamb for your first of the season! Mirian and I were delighted to see the photos!ReplyDelete
Uncle Grammie...he'll be soooo excited. Give Gabby a treat from him. Cute lambie!ReplyDelete
She certainly has beautiful features like her mommy and uncle GL. Will she get a G name as well?ReplyDelete
Nothing like seeing the creation of new life! What an adorable little one. :-)ReplyDelete
It is about 9:30, Tuesday morning, and the Lamb Cam is working. The ewes were so still for so long I had to wait a bit to make sure it was moving video and not frozen!ReplyDelete
Good luck lambing.