Lamb Cam: Final Lambs of 2012
Whoa babies! This year it was April that came in like a lamb and went out like a crazy ball of lamb chaos. Last week we delivered our final babies in both the goat and sheep pens. On the one hand, we are relieved to be finished watching all our expectant moms like pots about to boil. But on the other hand, we enjoyed waking up every morning to rush outside and find who was new out there! Now we enter the joyful season of lambs quietly nursing or rambunctiously running from end to end of the front pasture. They give us many hours of good clean fun out here. Join us some time, if you are in the neighborhood. In the meantime, you can check out the babies via pictures:
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Though it might not come through in photos, our lambs this year were tremendously large. So much so that we had to pull about half of them from their moms, which is rare with sheep. We were confused by this until an older neighbor stopped by who is a former dairy farmer. “The calves were all big too, this year, because it was an easy winter,” she said. “Instead of using the hay to stay warm, they all just put the weight on their babies.” That made sense to us. But our poor mamas! Many required extra days locked in the lambing jugs so we could feed them extra food and give them a bit more rest before they went back to running with the herd. Two are still in with their babies now, but they are looking good and should be back to the group soon.