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LambCam LIVE Chat January 30th, 2016 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time

Iris, a little nourishment, Latte peeking from behind
Iris, looming large this snowy day, Latte peeking from behind
Nest Cam view of Iris
Very pregnant Iris, the Cotswold ewe, on our Nest Camera in the barn

It’s the end of an atypical January month in Vermont and we have an atypical situation in the barn with a very pregnant Cotswold ewe.  Iris has never lambed before, she’s 8 years old, and she’s a Cruise Ship.  That’s before she was pregnant.  So imagine her, laden with lamb(s), an appetite like there’s no tomorrow, and due soon.

Even before Iris was pregnant, I would sit and listen to her snore while she slept.  I’ve even recorded her snoring.  She is a creaky, wheezy wind-bag.  Now that she’s full to the gills with babies, she groans and moans like an old ship if she gets up, when she lies down, when she stands, when she walks.  I had the vet come and listen to her lungs just to make sure she wasn’t harboring an infection.  She’s not.

Because of her size, she’s ‘at risk.’  But the good news is that she’s got appetite and vigor otherwise.  If she didn’t have so much interest in the daily meals or her surrounds, I’d be concerned that she was more than just extremely uncomfortable.  And by interest in her surrounds, I mean that if you change up her day in any way, she has a lot to say.  Don’t go mixing it up on Iris.  No, keep everything just exactly the same, thank you.  She has enough to think about without having new routines or companions.  Those mini donkeys that share the paddock with she and the others, well, they’d better stick to their side of the fence.  She’s got no time for their shenanigans.

This Saturday night, January 30th, friend Tara and daughter Char are joining me in the stall with Iris and the others to answer any questions about lambing or the farm for our annual LambCam LIVE Chat.  We’ll be in there from 8 pm(Eastern Time) til maybe 9:00 and barring any unforeseen or possibly slightly foreseen disasters, will share sheep-chat, and any other chat, and give you the latest update on Iris and the rest of the up and coming mamas on the farm.

How do you watch?  Just copy and paste this LINK into your browser and you should be all set.  If your computer needs any types of updates, sometimes that’s a hitch in the giddyup.  So practice it earlier in the day, first, so that you’re good to go at 8pm on Saturday.

BONUS!!  By participating in the chat with a comment or question, you can enter into the random drawing for a skein of wonderful Wing & A Prayer Farm Cotswold/Mohair Yarn, spun from Latte & Iris, the Cotswold ewes, & Sue, the Angora goat.  It is a 3-ply, 100 yard skein, 113 grams/4.0 oz and is 3.5 s.p.i. on size 8s.  which we will ship to you.  Just leave us a question or comment on this blog before 7:30 p.m. on January 30th(Eastern Time.)  We will attempt to answer questions and comments on our other forms of social media, but to be in the drawing you need to include it on this page.  We will pull the name of the winner from a hat on Saturday night during the LIVE Chat.

See you Saturday!

Cotswold Mohair Yarn
Latte, Iris & Sue’s blend – a Cotswold & Mohair yarn
First to lamb: Iris the Cotswold ewe
Iris, the one to watch for first to lamb

47 thoughts on “LambCam LIVE Chat January 30th, 2016 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time”

  1. My grandfather in The Netherlands cultivated several Irises in his day (“Professor Blue” is one of his more known ones and I used it in my wedding bouquet), so Iris is extra dear to my heart. You can do it Iris! 🙂

    1. Did you catch my reply, Loretta? I think I got it fixed in the body of the blog, too! Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Hi Tammy! I may have missed an earlier post, but it sure sounds like Iris is an accidental mother-to-be. Did she manage a secret getaway with one of the guys when you weren’t looking?

  3. Q. Do little lambs in actually eat ivy? I mean, once they are weaned? Okay, a more serious question: Which varieties of sheep do you have now, and how many of each?

  4. Oh this is so exciting! We visited a local sheep farm a few weeks ago and my kids are dying for their own sheep (me too!). We are going to try to watch all together. My question is: Are there any increased risks for older ewes who are having their first lamb(s)? (fingers crossed that I win that gorgeous yarn, too!)

  5. Tammy – Thank you for including us in this fun event! Did you grow up on a farm with sheep? If not, when did you become interested in sheep and why? Of all the barnyard animals where are sheep in terms of care, i.e. hardest, somewhere in the middle? One last question – why donkeys? Thanks again!

  6. What does this season look like for babies? How many do you typically plan and on the occasion, how many surprise pregnancies do you encounter? Can’t wait to check in tonight! I’ve cracked up at some of Iris’s noises!

  7. Was it a surprise that Iris was pregnant? And who is the father? Wishing her (and you) a very easy delivery!

  8. For so many rural reasons, we have very limited internet access. I will be sending your team positive vibes this evening. Keeping Iris in my thoughts and hope all goes well for her. xo

  9. I’m excited about your lamb cam event! I’ve just started my tiny fiber flock of alpacas and we got our first cria last month. My question for you is about managing different fiber species – do you find it hard to raise both sheep and goats (and I think you have alpacas as well?). Or are their needs similar enough to make it pretty simple?

  10. When was when was Iris bred? What is the gestation time for the Cotswolds and is it purposefully different than the Shetlands?

  11. How many sheep and goats do you have and how many different breeds? Your yarn is some of my absolute favorite to knit!!! Thanks, Luanne (luanneknits)

  12. I’ve enjoyed watching your lambcam a couple of times already and am really looking forward to the live chat (and learning Iris’ estimated due date). Like Lorrie, I’m wondering how Iris came to be due this time of year and why she’s planning for the first time at the age of eight. Thanks!

  13. I’ve got Lamb School next weekend and my ewe’s first lambs are due in March. What is one thing you think I’ll not be told to have in my lambing kit?

    1. Hi Kristi: Lamb School sounds awesome!! You definitely need iodine, they’ll prob tell you that, hey get yourself a good book that you like. I’ve always used the same couple of books through the years. Send me an email (jtwhite5@me.com) and I can give you my list. OB-lube, for sure you’ll need, a really good lamb-pull, also a good tube feeding tube(I had one that my goating friend helped me tube a goat with and she just hated it, so find a recommended tube.) I’m not sure what they’ll NOT tell you to have, it’s a pretty standard list. If I think of anything, I’ll let you know.

  14. Thanks for a great answer to my question Tammy! I’m enjoying your live chat and the LambCam so much.

  15. Hi Tammy!!!
    I don’t know if you received this question yet – is there any way to tell the sex of the babies before they are born?
    Hugs and love,
    Jeanette

    1. No! Unless you get a really good ultrasound, but not likely – usually it’s just hard enough to get a good view!! Great question!!!

  16. Hi Tammy, Just wondering after Iris has her babies how soon can they have visitors?? (hint hint)
    Meleen

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