The Shetland Lambs of 2013 are arriving, gorgeous and healthy. Three mamas are relieved and contented, grazing and nursing.
The count is 3 ram lambs, 3 ewe lambs with 3 ewes left to deliver in the next week or so.
So much fuss with installing our lamb-cam, much enjoyment of remote viewing, sharing the view with our friends of the farm… and in the end, two mamas delivered in the run-out, out of view of the camera entirely.
We came upon them immediately after delivery and had to make a judgement of who belonged to whom because there stood Maggie & Ruva with 4 darlings at their feet. They sniffed and licked left and right and seemed indiscriminate. Quickly we paired them up with our best guesses so that we could ensure everyone would get a proper meal and not be left out in the cold. Maggie was behaving as though she was ready to abandon one of them. Who knows? Maybe she singled and Ruva tripled? Anyway, they’ve each got, and are nursing, two beauties. Nikki then lambed 4 hours later and delivered two more gorgeous bundles of wool. Fortunately we were on the scene then because Pansy, Nikki’s sister, was in the stall with her and SO eager to snatch the babies. We ushered Pansy out and away from the new lambs with as little intrusion upon Nikki’s laboring as possible.
Pansy, Lily & Winky await, not patiently. Perhaps Mother’s Day will bring them special gifts?
I hope so. I’m a bit tired.