I’m seeing spots….

But without the dizziness…I think!   ;D   I suppose spots are to be expected though when both our  rams are spotted.  We have been having a lambing-palousa today!   My older kids were going to get up this morning and do chores alone, to let me get caught up on a little bit of sleep.  I heard Tori leave to go feed the calf and smiled to myself and snuggled down in my covers to drift off only to be awaken a minute later by the door bell ringing and Tori yelling something about a lamb coming, but there only being  a head out!  So much for more sleep…it’s highly over rated anyway…coffee is better…lots of coffee…and maybe some chocolate…dark chocolate…yeah!  Anyway I jumped out of bed and threw a baseball cap on, my coveralls, a warm jacket and gloves as I  heard the wind blowing.  Sawyer was already to the barn when I reached the gate and I heard him yell back that everything was okay and that the front feet were there too.  Yeah!  So we watched her (Kaffi, a solid black horned ewe) bring forth a big beautiful black spotted ewe lamb…

Kaffi's black spotted ewe lamb, weighing in at 10lbs. 4oz!

Kaffi's black spotted ewe lamb, weighing in at 10lbs. 4oz!

She has some pretty neat markings, when she was being birthed she was trying to tell us what gender she was.  Do you see the U above her nose?  U for ewe!  She also looks as if she halter on and…
See the heart on her side too?

See the heart on her side too?

Kaffi is our best motherly ewe, she did a great job of cleaning off her lamb and letting her nurse.  We are having rotten weather here today, very gusty winds and spitting snow-not great lambing weather.  I watched the lamb and she seemed to be chilling and shivering so I heated up a rice sock and put on her belly and finished drying her with a towel.
Me warming the lamb...

Me warming the lamb...

While warming the lamb I heard another ewe making noise and *thought* I heard a new lamby cry, but then thought maybe some one was still hungry as the kids just threw some hay into pens to quite them down and came back to watch the birth.  So when I was done and had made sure the baby nursed one more time, I checked the ewes we have in the barn that we were expecting to lamb the soonest.   Nothing going on there.  And then I glanced out to the expecting ewe lamb pen and seen a tiny spotted lamb out there.  I didn’t expect any one to be lambing out there any time soon, but Louisa had.  This was her first lamb and when Sawyer tried to move the lamb into a jug she wouldn’t follow, so he put it back outside with her and we left them alone for a while longer.  After they had bonded for a while longer, I then went out and grabbed the baby and was able to get her to follow into a  jug.  Louisa had him nicely cleaned and he had been up and nursed already.  I guess in the excitement of the morning while I was watching Kaffi lamb and when Tori and Sawyer fed we didn’t notice her laboring, but this definitely added more excitement to our day.
Louisa's moorit (I believe anyway) spotted lamb.

Louisa's moorit (I believe anyway) spotted lamb, Blotch.

He weighed in at 6lbs. 12 oz. a good size for those first time moms.  I can’t quite tell if he is  moorit or black, I’ll have to check again next time I’m out.  What a bunch of cuties and an exciting day!  It wasn’t until when I finally came back to the house at 2 to warm up and eat, that when I took my bibs and coat off that I realized I was still in my p.j.’s!  Oh well, maybe I should just take a nap now.  Sounds tempting.  Anyway this brings our tally to 5 ewes and 4 rams and we still have 8 ewes to left to lamb.
Louisa and Blotch, Sawyer's sheep.

Louisa and Blotch, some of Sawyer's sheep.

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