Wet and Cold…

It has been a long day today.  Sawyer and I have been outside all today with a ewe that lambed today and doctoring another lamb that was born yesterday that has scours.  To top things off it has been really cold and blowy sitting up in the barn all day long.  The ewe is a first time mom and had a lovely black grey ewe lamb, she wasn’t too sure she was quite ready to become a mom and sorta snuffed the baby to begin with.  She lambed right in the middle of the breeze way of the barn where it was…very breezy and cold.  I wanted to move baby and mom to a lambing jug and out of the cold, but I didn’t want to scare mom off.  So we just stood and watched mom decide whether or not she was going to accept her new addition.  She just stood there for the longest time dazed and just staring at her lamb as it crawled toward her, she finally decided to take a little lick and then another and another.  Finally she decided that licking this little thing might be ok.  After it looked like she was going to accept the little lady we moved her to the jug where she finished cleaning and drying her off.  She even let her nurse eventually and both are now doing quite well.

Kolfinna's black grey ewe lamb...

Kolfinna's black grey ewe lamb, Bliss...

Yesterday after we came back from church we checked the ewes and found two mamma’s laying down laboring and one little baby running around.  Sawyer’s ewe lamb Astrid lambed and had a handsome spotted black ram.  He weighed in at 8lbs 12 oz.
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The other ewe Dyr also lambed, but her first presented hind legs first so we ended up pulling her.  She required a quick swing and some brisk rubbing and came to life fairly easy.  She is an adorable moorit grey spotted ewe weighing in 6lbs 5oz.  A while later she lambed again (with most of the kids watching of course) to a stillborn  black badgerface ram.  It’s always so not fun to hear your kids plead to a dead lamb to live.  The fragility of life  is one of those things that kids learn early when they own animals. 
Dyr's ewe lamb, a moorit grey spotted ewe.

Dyr's ewe lamb, a moorit grey spotted ewe.

The pigs burrowing down into the straw trying to warm up...

The pigs burrowing down into the straw trying to warm up...

Leeks in the garden with snow...

Leeks in the garden with snow...

Chicken tracks in the snow...

Chicken tracks in the snow...

Strawberries with snow...

Strawberries with snow...