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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Thankfully no lambs last night.  We had quite the snow storm complete with howling winds.  I didn’t get much sleep last night as I kept envisioning some first-timer, lambing in the open while the baby froze!  LOL!  Thankfully, none of that happened and no babies yet, they’re all going to go at once!

Spotted these crocuses under the snow this morning and took a quick shot….

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Friday Farm Daze…

Another busy week on the farm.  We are getting ready for the first of the Icelandic lambs to be delivered which always means that we are busy.

Here are some pictures that I got of Reykur, one of Icelandic rams this week…

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Garrett found a lucky horseshoe while helping me check fence…

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And we found a rusty bucket..

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The rooster crossed the….

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The sheds and hoop houses are set up and we will make 10 jugs in here…

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Which is a good thing because little Charlie decided to join us today…

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Little Charlie is Tori’s lamb…P4050451 P4050453

And we should have more soon…

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Spring is growing…

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Hens are hiding eggs…

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Ducks are hanging out…

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Cloudy days…

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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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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.

Spring shall be arriving soon…

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Very Cute Lambs!

"Elvis!"

 

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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