Lambing and Kidding 2015

Lambing 2015

ready or not!

Mama-to-be Nikki, pre-shearing, soaking it up

Mama-to-be Nikki, pre-shearing, soaking it up

LambCams & GoatCams are running and we’re in lambing & kidding season here on the farm for the next few weeks. When we sheared our flocks recently, we were able to get a good look at the girls and see who was what. Turns out the Cotswold sheep are all not bred. Bummer. Neptune came to our farm this past winter to “sire” this year’s Cotswold lambs, however, it did not go accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Merino ewe, Laurel, is quite bred, and so are all of the Shetland ewes that we had meant to have bred. Nikki is the eldest bred Shetland ewe, and she’s also first in the queue to deliver. She may have had lambs by the time this is published. Darcy is sharing the lamb jug with her this week, as she is also “bagged up”, the expression for when her udder is well developed, indicating lambing soon.

The Angora buck, “Night” came to our farm when Neptune arrived and he will definitely be pappy to 3 Angora does’ kids, soon. Amongst the goats, Thalia is the one to watch for first kidding. She’s looking great. Brigid and Sue are also pregs, but they’re considerably smaller. They were smaller from the get-go. Thalia never misses a meal.

When we introduced the rams and buck to the flocks this past winter, we had in mind that lambing and kidding would take place on May 6th or thereafter so that our daughters, Sarah Jane & Charlotte, would be able to assist and share the load after their college finals were completed. Now that we’re looking at lambing with a couple of ewes ahead of that date, they’re mighty frustrated to potentially miss out. But there’ll be plenty of lambing and kidding left for them to help with by the time they do return to the farm.

In the house we’ve had chicks hatching for the past three days, and I just collected a dozen of the Indian Runner Ducks’ eggs to put in the incubator. In 28 days, there’ll be ducklings, hopefully.

Also, in the house, there is a new lamb named “Mr. K.” He came to us last Sunday in the midst of the Spinning & Needlefelting Workshops we were hosting and made himself perfectly comfortable. He is 7 weeks old and the family that had him was not able to continue caring for him because their hands were full with two other bottle babies. He takes a few bottles a day, putters around with the dogs and the cats, and sleeps on the dogs’ beds in the house. Eventually he will get out to the barn. He enjoys doing chores with me and was quite a hit on shearing day with the many visitors.

If you enjoy watching the activity in the barn and the paddock, live, then you are welcome to tune in anytime to the following links to our DropCam cameras. Be patient if the internet is slow or there are internet or technology gremlins. I’m always tweaking something or calling our friend Jimmy to help out.

Last year we had so much fun with our LambCam-LIVE chats. So on Friday night, May 1st at 8pm, tune in to the LambCam 1 camera where we’ll be hosting a Baby Shower for Nikki & Darcy. If you have any questions for Farmer Tam, drop them into the comments section of this post, or email me at jtwhite5@me.com. You can also tweet at me if you’re on Twitter . If you follow on Instagram, you can leave questions in the body of the photo-post, but I’ll not answer them in text there, instead will answer them on the LIVE chat. Tumblr…I’m on it, but I’m never ON it…so don’t ask any questions there. Facebook – leave the questions in the body of the announcement on our Farm Facebook page (not my personal FB page.)

And here is the super fun part of the LambCam-LIVE chat…the Pie Contest! Yes, we’re going to give a homemade pie to a winner from the list of comments and questions that participants submit. So if you send a question on this blog, or in my email, or InstaGram or Twitter, I’ll put your name in the pool of participants and randomly draw a name at the conclusion of lambing and kidding season, probably sometime in the 3rd week of May. One entry per comment/question.

 

LambCam 1 camera – to watch Darcy & Nikki, and Friday night, May 1st LambCam-LIVE chat

Sheep & Goats camera – to watch activity in the paddocks outside of the Lambing and Kidding stalls

GoatCam camera – to watch Thalia, Brigid & Sue, Night too

Patty Blomgren's Spinning Workshop concluded with the arrival of "Mister K", the new lamb

Patty Blomgren’s Spinning Workshop concluded with the arrival of “Mister K”, the new lamb

 

Just hatched and on their way to the brooder

Just hatched and on their way to the brooder

 

Batman & Robin, or, Nessie & Mister K, babysitting the chick brooder

Batman & Robin, or, Nessie & Mister K, babysitting the chick brooder

Fred DePaul, shearing Samson the Angora goat wether, with Mister K looking on

Fred DePaul, shearing Samson the Angora goat wether, with Mister K looking on

Neptune the ram's saving grace - an amazing fleece

Neptune the ram’s saving grace – an amazing fleece

Neptune, the Cotswold Ram, just shorn, shiny bell

Neptune, the Cotswold Ram, just shorn, shiny bell

Latte, the Cotswold ewe, ready for the beach seeing as she's not with lamb

Latte, the Cotswold ewe, ready for the beach seeing as she’s not with lamb

Angora Does, in the kidding paddock with Night, the buck

Angora Does, in the kidding paddock with Night, the buck

Shetland ewes Nikki & Darcy, ready to pop

Shetland ewes Nikki & Darcy, ready to pop

Lamb Cam 1 - Nikki & Darcy meditating

Lamb Cam 1 – Nikki & Darcy meditating

 

 

 

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. There’s always so much going on at your farm, Tammy. It’s a wonderful burst of spring energy right now. Best of luck for an easy lambing/kidding season!

  2. Hi Tammy! I have a few questions about sheep and lambing. How long is a sheep’s gestation period? around how many lambs will be born on the farm this year? Can you tell us about the most stressful lambing you’ve assisted? Is it better to have female lambs or male, or does it not matter on your type of farm? How long does it usually take for a ewe to deliver a lamb? What are some of the things that can go wrong?

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