It appears all of our sheep like to lamb at night
and last night was a looong night!
When Wayne checked on Bella (the one we thought would lamb first) at midnight, she had a broken water sack. We watched her until 2:30 am. She had been having strong, close contractions for quite a while. Then she just laid down and stopped. We had already checked to see if the lamb was in the correct position with "two toes and a nose". So we called our breeder in Colorado and she encouraged us to pull the lamb out. She stayed on speaker phone and talked us through it. Isn't technology great?! And wasn't that great of her to do at 3:00 am?
I have to tell you, as novice shepherds, this was quite scary. When the head finally emerged, the tongue was hanging out and we thought he was dead. But as soon as the big limp boy with huge horn buds hit the ground, he was off and running!
So let's give a warm welcome to:
named after a tree found in Oklahoma
that exhibits beautiful color and strong wood but requires great care when young
& his little sister that quietly slipped into the world behind him.
They are very dark and are almost identical in markings.
|Pistache is on the left with the dot on his head.|
Petunia's leg marking are same as his only smaller.
They are not identical in personality though.
While sweet Petunia was hanging around and under momma, her twin brother was checking on Wayne's progress hanging another water bucket, trying to get into another pen to see the others, and wanting out the barn door.