|Teeny with one of her triplets|
UPDATE: The count is now 5 ram lambs and 5 ewe lambs, 5 white and 5 black. It's a little after 10:30 on Wednesday night and I've just come in from the barn again. We came to the house several hours ago to have supper and when I turned on the computer, there was Lady Edith with a tiny little black lamb! I grabbed my phone and we headed back to the barn. I noticed I had calls from Maryland, Wisconsin and Florida on my phone and upon checking the voice mails, found messages from all those places about the new lamb, plus text messages from my friend Lindy, whose ram sired all these babies and my friend, Teresa (a dedicated lamb-cam watcher). I checked the lamb, it was a girl and, though tiny, quite strong. She'd already nursed, which is so great when they manage that first time on their own. Edith didn't look empty and my hunch was there was another lamb in there. She couldn't seem to settle down to the business of pushing, so we put her in a lambing jug and palpated her to be sure. Imagine my surprise when I found an odd combination of legs that didn't seem to go with the head I was feeling! We switched places and Mike sorted it out and pulled out two more healthy lambs! At this point, they've all nursed and seem to be doing just fine. Lady Edith is one of the half-Wensleydale ewes born in 2012, all given Downton Abbey names. She may not be the prettiest of the bunch, but she's definitely an over-achiever!
UPDATE #2: No sooner than I'd gotten into bed and checked the iPad for one more look at the maternity ward, there it was ..... another newborn lamb tottering around it's mother. Back to the barn for me. Another half Wensleydale , first timer. She had a nice big single ram lamb and is quite ferocious in care of him. She stomps her feet every time I go by the mothering-up pen. So, finally to bed at 2 am for me. The count stands at 6 ram lambs and 5 ewe lambs this morning.
The remaining eight ewes really and truly look like beached whales now. They just barely shuffle along to the outside to graze for a while and then shuffle back inside to rest, groaning with every breath. If they deliver on the 145 day schedule, five more of them will lamb between now and next Wednesday. The last three should come between April 10 and April 19.
Today is overcast, but warm, so I've let the two sets of twins go outside with their mothers. There's just the merest hint of grass coming on and they're doing their best to nibble at it.