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Lambing Time Winter 2020

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It has been busy at our place but we started having lambs being born last week.  So far there is 5 sets of twins and we still have 24 to give birth.  We weren't sure what the breeding success would be sinceing pictures  the temperature had been in the high 90's for quite awhile before we introduced the ram and stayed that way for most of the next month.  I only saw our ram Max show interest a few times while I could see him so we were hoping breeding season wouldn't be a total bust.  Most of them are obviously bred but a couple are questionable.

I won't be add all of the pictures but I think lamb pictures always bring a smile on most people.

The picture next to last is a ewe that I used to call Will Thang because she was untouchable in the field and she has been here for 3 years.  Most of my sheep will come in to be petted but this girl wanted no part of that. For who knows whatever her thinking,  I guess she got tired of watching me give the other ewes pieces of Animal Cracker and came up to check it out.  The picture of her trying to get her snout in my pocket as she knows that's where the crackers come from.  🙂

 

8 ewe and ram lambs 31 Jan 2020.JPG

14 ewe and ram lambs 1 Feb 2020.JPG

22 twin ewe lambs 2 Feb 2020.JPG

26 twin ram lambs 4 Feb 2020.JPG

30 ewe and ram lambs 3 Feb 2020.JPG

32_2 twin ewes 4 Feb 2020.JPG

34 after crackers.JPG

Max and his girls 2 Feb 2020.JPG

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I agree with Hippie Willie. Thanks for posting the pics Mike, and hopefully the rest of the lambing season will be good for you !

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They look good.  Better than down here with mud everywhere.

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Beautiful healthy flock. As with every lambing season your ewes and lambs look fantastic.

Have you sexed the twins?

Are you getting more male or more female lambs so far?

That is nice to see that "Will Thang"  now knows what she was missing for the past 3 years, Looks like she is working on being your best friend,

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Fred - we have so much rock here that even with this much rain, it drys out pretty fast.

 

Maggie, we are running 2 females for every male but we have a ways to go before we are done.  Since I posted the twins, we have had one single, 7 sets of twins and triplets about two hours ago.

One of these pictures might be considered graphic by some but they are a cool sequence of events. I rarely have the camera available when the sheep have a bit of a story to tell.
 
This ewe was one of our first and has zero fear of humans so she didn't mind when I sat down to watch her lambing progress. There was a problem with several lambs in the shelter that kept trying to nurse on her. She kicked at them several times and then she got really frustrated and started bawling at them. Finally she came up right in front of my face and bawled at me like she was saying "Get them out of here". I got them out and she lay back down and continued in her labor and had her first lamb a couple minutes into it.
 
She made it clear that I was no longer welcome by getting between me and her lamb and stomping her feet so I took the hint and left.  Our bedroom window faces the stall so in a little bit, I saw she had her twin and figuring she was through, I went down to give her some feed.  She ate a bit but then lay back down and out popped a third. 🙂  They can talk to you if you take the time to listen.

122 lamb pests 7 Feb 2020.JPG

122 get lambs out of here.JPG

122 in labor 7 Feb 2020.JPG

122 lamb 7 feb 2020.JPG

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She finally got them cleaned up.  I closed the gate for a bit to keep the rest of the sheep out so I could get some feed into her.  There is two ewe lambs and one ram lamb.  You have look close at the picture but there is three lambs under her.

 

122 two ewes one ram 7 Feb 2020.JPG

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Great pictures!

I have a lot of respect for animals.

Cows stand out in the field in the sun with 105 degree temperatures, then are standing out in a blizzard at -25.

Calving season here, and most don't need any help. Amazing to see a calf born and in about an hour or three they are out running around.

Then there are the human snowflakes that are triggered because they didn't get their sprinkles on their double shot latte.

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Disclaimer: All photographs uploaded here were taken for my own use. You do not see any weeds. It is you imagination.

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My favorite time of lambing is when the lambs get old enough to feel some independence and they gang up and run just because they can run.  I'll try to get some pictures  0f that in the next few days.

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Not to hijack Mike's thread, but we've been doing a little lambing at home too! We have 6 on the ground so far; 5 rams and 1 ewe. We had 2 big sets of twins. One set weighed 10 & 11lbs and the other set weighed 10 & 15lbs. Both sets of twins were born unassisted.   It's worth noting that the first 2 pictures are of a more normal sized set of twins, 7 and 8lbs.  I figured if I posted some pictures then you would still be getting your "daily dose of lamb".

 

~~VG

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