Saturday, January 06, 2007

Surprise!

Well we found out today that our ram is indeed fertile and capable. We hadn't been sure because we never saw him breed the ewes and we also weren't sure when the ewes came into heat. Turns out it was about five months ago!

Our first lamb born on the farm is a little boy and the kids have named him Sammy the Lamby. He looks just like his mother and he is doing fine and nursing well. We are a bit concerned about him out there in the cold--it's going to hit single digits tonight again--but the experts have told us that if he is dry and nursing he should be OK with his mom. I guess we'll see in the morning. We've already been out there to check on him several times and he seems fine.






Due to all the melting snow the sheep corral needed to be mucked out today. Scotty pitched in with gusto and worked hard for about an hour.



The rest of the sheep were relegated to the snowy field while we tended to mom and baby and cleaned up. They were quite unhappy about it. We now expect our other older ewe to lamb soon too. It's so hard to tell when they have such full fleeces.

5 comments:

DaikiniCrossroads ~Crystal~ said...

Sorscha says, "I NEED to get down to the farm."

danét said...

CONGRATULATIONS Jenny, Chris, Scotty and Eliza... It's a Lamb! Looks mighty healthy too!I always loved the first little while with a new lamb. 'Specially if there weren't so many at a time that you could really appreciate their tender little innocence. We often brought the bummer lambs in the house, mostly I admit because I was cold so I was afraid they might be and they would run around pooping and trying to suck our fingers off. I is a fond memory for me of both my childhood and early parenthood. Great pictures too!xoxo

Christy said...

Congratulations! The baby is so cute. I hope it does well.

Danielle said...

Okay, is there any way to get one of those lambs out here? Would they thrive here? We're zone 6b—if I recall you guys are zone 7b.

I want sheep. Sheep are the first animal I wanted, because they're so pretty. It's all aesthetic. ;) The lambies are soooo cute!

Sheep in 2008!

Jenny said...

I'm sure they would do well there. They are Navajo-Churros, a heritage breed known for super hardiness. We had a low of 10F on his first night and he was fine!

Looks like the closest breeder listed at www.navajo-churrosheep.com near you is in PA.

You should get some!!!! Then we can trade lambs as well as goat cheese and chile.