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!