So whether it was all the jostling on Saturday or whether it was just her time Esja decided to finally lamb last night at about 9:00 to a large, single, black grey ewe lamb weighing 10 lbs. 6 oz. (average birth weight for Icelandic Sheep is between 6-8lbs) . She was well worth the wait. Tori has had the responsibility of feeding and watering her and reporting any changes, so yesterday after rushing through morning chores before church Tori told me she thought she would lamb later on that day.
(Sorry the barn pictures are a bit fuzzy and funky!)
So throughout the day we kept an eye on her and she went ahead and lambed when we were busy working in the garden so we missed the grand entrance, but that’s ok. So Tori was right and turning into quite the little shepherdess! Esja is a first time mom and we were a little worried how she would do as she is really shy and bit flighty but she is doing wonderfully! When we checked on her last night she was busily cleaning up her lamb and standing to let her nurse. We’ll probably keep them in the jug for the rest of the week until the lamb is a little larger before turning them out on pasture with the rest of the flock as we’ve had eagles and hawks and a pesky fox that has been enjoying chicken breakfasts and probably wouldn’t mind a tasty lamb, all visiting us daily.
Here’s a recent picture of Dugur (our Great Pyrenees LGD) and Bellah (our blue merle Australian Shepherd)together…
See how much Dugur has grown in the last couple of months…
Dugur will wait at his spot in the pasture every morning for Bellah to come up in the morning with me to do chores. The two goof balls rough house and chase one another until one or the other has had enough and comes up to the barn to check what’s going on up there.
Catching up on the week…
“If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man.”
– Mark Twain
Before buying a pet consider adoption. We adopted Bellah from http://www.aussierescuenw.org/INWR.htm . She was two years old when we adopted her and she has been such a great addition to our family.
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