Friday Farm Daze…

Another very busy week here…

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Eggs in a lambing jug…

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A very cute Fleur…

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Handsome Draumer…

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Keeping a watchful eye…

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Birch and Sam…

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Iris

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Very close, I hope, to lambing…

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Part Border Collie, part lamb…little Charlie loves to chase the chickens.

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Proud Mama, Drifa!

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Drifa with her ram lamb Finn, and ewe lamb Fern.

Finn, was the first to arrive and had a perfect delivery.  Little Fern was the last to make her appearance. Her front feet were coming out but no head. She had it way off to the side and twisted back. At 2 am I was convinced this was a headless lamb… I was about to give up fishing for it when it last I caught hold of it. It took several more minutes trying to align it correctly and finally pull her out. She span right to life and got busy looking for something to eat!

Drifa is such a good mamma. She was holding perfectly still while letting little Finn nurse and was licking little Fern off right after she was born. Fern, while trying to figure out her legs kept going backwards and Drifa would stretch her neck a little further and keep cleaning and holding perfectly still!

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The chicken stomper, Miss Freckles! Poor henny was just trying to find a spot to lay eggs, she decided that next Freckles baby was not the spot!

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Eking closer!

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Mr Flint…

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Adorable Miss Freya…

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A happy Thor dog…

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Snoozing

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Snuggling…

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The boys delivering eggs…

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Peaceful…

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The sun came out for a brief moment.

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Mother and last year’s daughter…

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The miracle of birth (Do you see the tiny hooves making their appearance?)

Unbelievable!

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Busy day lambing. Started with our CE ewe, Freckles having a beautiful single ewe without a hitch. She was up and eating within minutes. Audna was the next to go, but wasn’t making any progress. When I checked her the baby was presenting bum first. Was finally able to fish some legs out and Mark pulled the girl breech. Unfortunately she ended up getting her shoulders stuck and we could not get them out for what seemed like forever. Finally she freed up but it was too late. Audna has always twinned for us, but not this year. She is such a good mama and has TONS of milk. Then our other CE ewe, Whisper started to lamb. She threw a beautiful solid black little boy and we thought she was finished and then she threw another white patterned ewe. Gorgeous babies. This is Whisper’s first time being a mother so as soon as the little ewe lamb hit the ground we moved her over to Audna’s jug whom very happily adopted her! Whisper didn’t seem to notice, I think she would have done just fine raising twins but was feeling so bad for Audna as she called for her baby.

Everybody is happy and have full tummies.

The kids have had a good reminder on the brevity of life, once again. All in all they too enjoyed the day.

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L is for Little Lambs…

Icelandic Lambs!!

Lambing season should officially start in 8 weeks!!

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Louise with a brand new baby Dehlila

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Sweet Ethel

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Little Etta, hiding under a feeder.

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Mr. Eensy, weighing in at a whopping 2lbs at birth!

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Druna, snoozing in the dandelions…

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Lovely Depla…

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Little Corkey, a sweet badgerfaced lamb…

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Two tired…

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Cute lil Cassidy…

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Louise with Diamond and Dehlila….

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Camellia and Clover…

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Smiling Charlie…

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Handsome Casper…

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Choctaw…

AI babies in feeder

Dáð and Drifa, a bit surprised in the feeder…

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Dehlila and her little guy Erpur…

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Handsome Elloy.

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Simply…

Some of the simple things that I have been enjoying throughout the week…

My daughter loving on 'Eensy'.

Bellah, just hanging out...

An escapee, she knows how to put her boots on and open the door!

Two hens looking for treats.

My oldest, being very silly.

Resting rams...

Zayne being zaney...

Naps...

Checking out the hen...

 

Playing ~ *outside*!

 

Running free...

Smiles!

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Audrad's, Raftur babies, Eva and Espen

Beautiful Erna! Black grey mouflon, ewe lamb.

Elki snoozing...

Don't tell!

Hello, handsome!

Who does he think he is?

Hiding out!

Cheese!

I love Echo's coloring!

Echo, Elja and Elki

I love the colors here on mama Eyja, and white baby, Elgin and black mouflon, Erna.

Erbert flehming...

Frank keeping a close eye on Elgur.

Snuggled up...

Jumping for joy! (I still need a name!)

Girls.

Ellis, soaking up some sun.

Little Etta, she was born this morning.

Elki, getting a bit of a snack.

Handsome Edur!

Whole passel of boys!

Espen, hanging out in the feeder. My AI'ed Raftur ram lamb.

Happy Erpir!

Lambing has been uneventful lately.  Definitely not complaining there.  They can just continue with what they’re doing, healthy lambs, unassisted  which would be wonderful.  We are almost half way finished up and our count is 21 ram lambs and 8 ewe lambs.  I am praying that things switch up a bit with this next half.

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Baby Business

The lambs sure are entertaining to say the least.  Every evening they all decide to race and jump and kick and hop.

Follow the leader...

Chicken stalking...

Run fast!

Jump like a bunny!

Jump again!

Kick up your heels!

Boing!!

Jump for joy!

Wahoo!!

Jump high!

Butting heads...

More head banging!

I'm tough!

Racing... faster, higher, go, go, go!!

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U is for…Ups and downs of lambing

So the up part to this story…  🙂 is that Drifa, my AI Hvellur daughter was showing signs that she was starting to labor.  The down side?  She was a week overdue, looking huge and wasn’t making any progress laboring.

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The other down was that my husband had just left to go out of town on business.  So this left Sawyer and I to try to sort things out.  When Sawyer checked Drifa, he could only find the head presenting without any legs so he ended up finally pulling both legs up to their proper position and then started to try to pull the lamb out…nothing happened, it wouldn’t budge.  We ran through a million different scenario’s and re-positioning the lamb.  Sawyer could feel the rams head and horn buds and could feel them getting caught up on the pelvis.  He said that the baby was too big and  he wasn’t  going anywhere.

I made a frantic call to my husband who made a call to the vet, to find she was out of town for the weekend.  We put a call into the mobile vet, but didn’t hear anything back from him until the next day.  :{  Finally my husband was able to get a hold of a guy he knew who had sheep and would come over and give us a hand.  I felt so relieved!  After he showed up and worked on poor Drifa for about 15 minutes he made the same statement as Sawyer…the lamb wasn’t going to fit.  Thankfully he had connections to the horse vet, whom will work on sheep if he was on call (but wasn’t that night).   Thanks be to our Heavenly Father for people with connections!  With in the next hour we were loaded up, in the back of our van,  distressed, pregnant ewe, Sawyer in the back holding her down,  three kids in car seats (normally we could have left them with the older girls but all 4 older kids went with their dad.)  By this time Drifa had been in labor for about several hours, I thought the lamb would be done for.

The C-section was very interesting to watch.  A vet. student did the whole thing under the supervision of the vet, she had just a couple of months left until she graduated from college.  She was too sweet and was very stoked to be doing the C-section and to be performing it on a ewe.  Drifa was a great patient and they had to go back and actually make the incision longer because the lamb would not fit out of it.  Once they were able to pull it out they handed him to me.  I started to rub him briskly and felt him jerk.  I swung him by his hind legs to help drain the mucous out of his nose and mouth, he shook again but wasn’t real lively and only breathing occasionally.  I blew air into his mouth and remembered I had put a bulb syringe in my coat pocket,  so I quickly grabbed it and started suck the mucous out of his throat and nose… at this time the vet looks at me a smiles and looks at me with a laugh and states…’You come prepared!”  I laughed and felt a bit embarrassed, but hey it saved the lamb, right?

The vet student with the big boy...

Once they had Drifa all stitched back up, I took the big boy over to his mama and she immediately started to lick him.  The vet and the student were very impressed, first time mama, extremely stressful situation and Drifa is mothering up.  During surgery they zip-tied her feet together, so we kept them on for the ride back home and Sawyer would attach the lamb to the mama’s teats so he could nurse.  When we arrived home and undid her zip-ties, Drifa was unsure if she wanted to lick him or head butt him.  She would lick for a while and then he would try to nurse and she would put him right down.  So I ended up hold the Drifa in the corner and attaching the lamb several times to make sure he had a full belly.  At this time it was after midnight, the kids were crying and starved and we had been Shepherding this ewe for over 9 hours and we were all bushed.  So we ended up driving up town to pick up something to eat and coming back home were I got kids ready for bed and Sawyer helped the big boy to nurse one more time and giving him some Lamb Rescue Supplement.  So, with everyone having full bellies, we all turned in and awoke very early to check on the patients.

The boy, himself!

He ended up weighing 9 pounds, while the typical lamb size should be about 6 to 8 pounds!  He has the softest fleece I have ever felt on a lamb and I love his pattern, a black grey badgerface.

Drifa's owie!

I ended up needing to hold Drifa again in the morning so that he could eat.  We ended up taking a couple of turns throughout the morning holding Drifa and getting baby to eat.

Another glimpse at this handsome boy.

Look at these horn buds!

The combination of Drifa being a week late with a ram lamb with huge horn buds and only being  yearling didn’t make for a great combination.  I am so happy to have this behind us and that both mama and baby are doing so much better already.  And I am happy to report that mama has completely accepted this big boy as her own.  No more head-butting and he nurses when ever he wants.  Yeah!

Sawyer and the lamb.

I am so proud of how well Sawyer maintained his calm and did a wonderful job in trying to get the situation figured out and was so helpful!

Two days later and going strong.

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Lambs, lambs and more lambs!

Saturday morning we found Grizzle in labor, digging nests and trying to push out her lamb.  After 45 minutes without any progress we decided we better see what was going on.  Mark found the first lamb presenting it self bottom first, so he went digging and found hind-feet and pulled the first guy.

A nice black ram lamb that weighed in at almost 6 lbs. and having a nice set of horn buds.

The second was also pulled since we weren’t sure how long she had actually been in labor for.  It was a good thing too because he was twisted all up in a knot.  It took some doing but my hubby was able to get him pulled and the little guy spun to life.

He weighed in at 6 1/2 pounds and is the spitting image of his brother and his sire, Blackfoot.

Griz is one of my best mammas!  She keeps a very close eye on her babies and always has plenty of milk.  Her lambs are always quick-growing and vigorous.

Sunday morning we awoke to Wisteria and …

two more babies!  One ram lamb…

He is a handsome spotted moorit (brown) ram, weighing close to 7 lbs.

and finally a little girl!

She is also  spotted moorit in color, almost an exact replica of her mama.

Every year that we have lambed we have started our names with a certain letter of the alphabet.  So the first year most of the names started with “A”, the next year “B” and so on.  This year is an “E” year and since she made her debut on Easter that shall be her name.  :0)

They were sired by Drafnar.

Monday morning we had an extra special event occur!  Our first AI lambs arrived!!  We imported semen from Iceland through our sheep breeders co-op and had the pleasure of trying to catch these girls at just the right moment and trying to Artificially Inseminate them.  This helps to keep the gene pool fresh and is very exciting to be using the same wonderful rams that are available to farmers in Iceland.

Eisa is a beautiful white ewe lamb that will have horns, she carries moorit and spotting.   She weighed 7 lbs.   It was wonderful to walk out and find these gems all dried off, up and nursing!

And Eldur…

He is a very handsome horned white ram lamb that will carry moorit and spotting!  He weighed close to 8 lbs.

Check out his horn buds…

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Then later that morning, poor Audna, whom was almost a week over due decided it was time to get the show on the road!

She delivered two huge ram lambs without assistance.  You could tell they were both rams before they were born, due their horn buds showing through the perineum .  Um ouch!

He is a frosted black mouflon and will carry moorit.  He weighed a whopping 10 lbs!

His brother arrived about a half hour later…

He is a very handsome moorit mouflon that weighed in at 9 lbs even!

The two together…

Such handsome little fellows!  Also sired by Blackfoot.

A quick shot of Sybil and one of her boys!

And one more of Wisteria’s ram lamb, with the cool tuft of white on his head!

The kids checking out one of Grizzle’s new lambs.

Nasty weather moving in again.

I have several more looking real close, better go check on them.  Cross your fingers and say a little prayer for more ewe lambs.

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