Badgerface Babies…

Keeping cozy by the fire...
Keeping cozy by the fire…

It’s still cold and windy here, luckily we’ve been keeping warm by the fire with the last of this year’s wood.

The last of this year's wood, hopefully it warms up soon!
The last of this year’s wood, hopefully it warms up soon!
Last night after 4-H, it was dark when they all got home and Sawyer ran up to the barn to do his last feeding for his steer and noticed one of our yearling ewe’s with a baby laying beside her.  By the time Mark and I got up there we noticed that there were two lambs on opposite ends of the barn.  We were trying to figure out who had lambed when  we noticed both of the last of the yearling ewes had after-birth hanging out of them. One lamb was still very wet and the other was fairly dried, but both were up and trying to nurse.   It is always nice to be able to go up to the barn and find that a successful delivery had just occured, but I feel a little jipped cause I just like to watch the whole process.  ;D    Oh well!  We then were trying to move mommas and babies to jug’s and the ewe’s were just not too sure about everything that just happened to them and were not real cooperative.  We had to do some quick shuffling of jugs as they were all full, but after a few minutes everyone was settled in their new pens.  Neither of the ewes would stand still long enough to let their baby nurse and decided to move as soon as they would latch on.  So we then threw them some alfalfa and soon each one was able to sneak in and grab a couple quick gulps.  ( I’m always afraid to throw in food to early on these moms, just- in-case a they get too involved in eating and forget their babies!) Each time the lambs latched on, the ewes would stand a little longer and calm down a little more (thank goodness for that natural oxytocin let down that calms the ewes the more the lambs nurse!).  Pretty soon everyone was settled and happy.
Badger one of the horned black badgerface rams...

Badger one of the horned black badgerface rams...

Birth weight: 7lbs. 4oz.
Bronco-The other horned black badgergace ram...

Bronco-The other horned black badgerface ram...

Birth Weight: 7lbs. 2oz.

Only three left to lamb! 

 

Tally for now: 7 rams and 7 ewes!