Preparing for Lambing…

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With some of ewes taking on the appearance of swallowing barrels, whole, we have been busying ourselves preparing for lambing…

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Mark moved the sheds to the maternity pen, which will be transformed into lambing jugs.

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Zayne, watching all the activity…

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The best fencing crew, ever.  They are replacing fencing with some hog panels so we will have easier access to both pens.

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Moving manure to one of the many compost piles…

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A first time lamber, bagging up!

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I think we managed to catch these two with artificial insemination!  (We are members of a coop that  imported semen from Iceland)

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We still have a bunch of work to do, it always seems never ending but we are getting closer.   I need to recheck and clean out the vet box and lambing supplies this week and make sure I have everything we might need. Watch for lambs within the next two weeks!

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We awoke to another little surprise this morning…

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The kids watching the activity in the barn…

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A beautiful, black ewe lamb!

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She was dried off, up and nursing when the kids found her this morning!

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All tuckered out!

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Little Spring and her mama were let out of their jug today to go explore the wide world…

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The Arrival of Spring!

It’s official!  Spring has sprung here at Dancing Aspens Farm.  Elizabeth, Maddie’s ewe, lambed unassisted in the wee hours of the morning to a healthy little ewe lamb.

 

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She was very wet and starting to get a bit cold and was having some trouble getting latched on, so we jugged them and got baby Spring dried off.

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This ewe is a bit crazy and wild but she stood perfectly still for little Spring to nurse.  I ended up milking out some colostrum and syringe fed Spring a bit.  Once she had a bit in her tummy she was ready to go on her own.P3100596

 

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A couple hours later, all settled in!

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Glorious 24hrs…

I just knew it would be a glorious day, the morning was bright with sun and blue skies!

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It had been a bit of a frosty night!

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I’m not sure why these 4 decide to roost outside?

There are signs of spring everywhere…

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I was able to escape the farm and all my responsibilities for a couple of hours and took a little drive to Glacier Park, more blue skies!

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These two pictures are straight out of the camera using a couple of different settings…

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I stayed for the sunset too! 🙂

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Even more exciting this morning,  bright and early,  Hayden ran up to the barn to check the ewes before we left for church and found a ewe missing…

He found her in the barn with an extra!

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The wonderful madness has begun!!!  Maddie’s Suffolk ewe, Elizabeth lambed without assistance in the wee hours of the morning to an adorable little ewe lamb!   Our Icelandics are not due for another 3 weeks though.

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Bedded down…

Post-shearing… (if you missed our shearing experience last week go here)

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Thankfully, the weather has remained fairly mild this week and by Saturday we are suppose to hit 50 degrees!!

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Even though we have several sheds and a barn for them to bed down in, they are just content to lay in the rows of straw next to their feeders.

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There was also a visitor checking out the activities below him….

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Pumpkins….

They were a bunch of happy pumpkins…

Until they started to get a bit soft and I decided they needed to relocate before they turned to mush and we had to scrape them off the porch.

Hmm…

Chickens like pumpkins!

Or maybe pumpkins like chicken?

I’m not sure?

Which is it?

I’m not sure, but the pumpkin is looking a bit nervous…

And a bit out numbered!

Aaack!! It’s sheep that like pumpkins!

 (Thanks to my oldest daughter for the fun pictures!)

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Chore time…

A little this and that from the farm this week…

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Ole Red…

Vaka, doing her job protecting the cows.

A few of the ewes hanging out chewing their cud.

Mark moving a bunch of icky bottom bales so they will compost down.

Some of our meat lambs, wondering whats going on…

We had scary vampires too!

The rooster crowing…

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One of our Icelandic roosters.

Copper Maran hen…

Headed back to the coop…

Waiting patiently….

Racing round and round…

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