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Monday, March 12, 2012

Last Lambs

The last lambs arrived yesterday
making an even dozen ~
6 ewe lambs & 6 ram lambs!


It's been an exciting but sleepless lambing season for us.
We have learned so much.

A big part of our education came yesterday with the last lambs.

Poppy went into labor in the afternoon.  She was already with her best buddies with their lambs in the shed. Claiming one jug, she went about having her babies.
Only when the first presented itself, there was only one hoof with the nose.  Not good!  We called our breeder and she talked us through pushing it back out of the birth canal and straightening the leg out.  Then pulling the lamb all the way out on the next contraction.
Whew!  That was stressful.
A ram lamb.
He may not have known how to get out but he was up in no time!
In a few more minutes he was saying "Hi" to the neighbors.
But we were pretty sure there was more than one in there because of Poppy's size.  As the first time momma when about figuring out what just came out of her, another nose appeared.  Yes, I just said nose.  Gloving up again, I checked to see where on earth the legs were.  I thought to myself, "I hope it has legs!"  I did find them however they were straight back against it's chest.  I'm so glad it was a little one!  Pushing it back, (this is a battle against the ewe since she obviously wants it out!) we got the legs in a straight position first just knees forward and then hooves forward.  This little ewe entered the world easily after that.

She was a tiny thing.

And needed a little help finding the right spot.

I must tell you, this is something I have never done, nor pictured myself doing.  I did learn that there is no wimping out on a farm especially when it comes to birthing.  You just do what you have to do when you need to do it.


They look a little prettier today.

Last but not least...

Pine
6 lbs 15 oz


&
Periwinkle
5 lbs 7 oz

We've come away from this lambing season
grateful:
 That we had twelve healthy jacob lambs
For gloves! Next year I need longer ones.
That we had an amazing breeder who helped us through it all even at 3 in the morning!
That lambing is over and we can sleep at night again.
That God allowed us to watch (and help) these little creatures into the world.








19 comments:

  1. How wonderful to have made it through lambing and everyone is happy and healthy. Congrats!

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  2. Congratulations, hope your ewe took notes so next time she will tell her children to get both feet lined up before trying to rush into the world, Good Job!

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  3. Y'all have been busy! Beautiful babies. Happy Spring!!

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  4. Congratulations on a successful season. I remember calving out heifers and it is so much work. Very rewarding, but a lot of work.

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  5. Congrats on a great lambing season! You guys look like pros! You did a great job helping those lambs, and what a great breeder you bought those sheep from!

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  6. You did good!!!!!!!! Can't wait to hold Periwinkle

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  7. Adorable. We were up all night Saturday night delivering a calf. Both Mom and baby survived. Post coming soon. Wish we lived closer so I could come over to hug those babies.

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  8. Oh Kim how exciting! And exhausting at the same time...you poor girl. Yes I would imagine you would have to get tough when you've got babies being born all around you. So far I haven't experience birth here on the farm...maybe one day but for now we're still working on cleaning up the old place. Enjoy your new babies and I hope you enjoyed a good nights sleep!
    Maura :)

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  9. Wow, Kim. I am so impressed. We (I say 'we', but it's never 'me'!) have to do that quite regularly too - pushing them back in to get them out properly. I sit in the window feeling heart sorry for these poor sheep in labour.
    Your lambs are sooooo cute. Well done... What a blessing indeed.

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  10. Congratulations to all! They are too stinkin' caute!!! Thanks for giving me a bit of confidence as I await my first goat kids. And also for sharing your real life mud pics! I've enjoyed my visit as always!
    hugs,
    Leslie

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  11. This is so cute!!! And your home is amazing!!!! Ooh....to live on a farm!! How lucky:)

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  12. I know what you mean, you do what you have to when you have to. I helped a neighbor during a lambing season. You have some beautiful baby lambs. Florence

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  13. You are a pro now and you can tell your story to many generations to follow. Isn't farm life exciting?

    Actually, these little guys are so cute and now I want lambs! My husband may not go for it, but I want one!!

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  14. They are all so precious! Glad you were able to get them out safely.

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  15. Wow! Just wow! Really amazing:)

    ~Cindy

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  16. Awwww - what a sweet post. You did a great job! Congrats on all the beautiful lambs :-).

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  17. Wow...that was an experience! Think of all your expertise now. Glad it all turned out good.

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  18. ADORABLE! I have to ask..{maybe I missed the post}...what do you do with your little goats? Do you just raise them to sell or do you show them? Just wondering...
    We have 2 bottle calves right now! We've had cattle for 18 yrs. and this is the first time we've ever had to bottle feed. We feel pretty lucky! It's a chore but a good one that hopefully we'll reap the benefits from!

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