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Monday, March 15, 2010

Sheep and woman give a sigh of relief

Lilly had her lambs last night. She finally started labor around six p.m. and we came to the barn a few times to find her still in pre labor. This early morning we arrived to find lambs, two beauties.

The male is very large, and already eating a little grass this usually doesn't happen for a few days or more.] The girl is this wonderful strawberry blonde. Sadly, on my second trip to the barn, she had torn her eyelid on a piece of the lambing pen - I treated with saline and antibiotic and think it will heal fine. Lilly is one of our work horse sheep - always calm, and stoic. She's a big girl who throws strong lambs. I was concerned she had held out this long, as we never have lambs past 3/12...and of course my over active imagination drummed up all sorts of possibilities. I tortured myself by re-reading my sheep books about possible causes, and lay in bed last night with visions of Lilly lying in breach birth trauma...but I guess Mlle. Nature just wasn't ready to pop those two out, and they arrived very mature - with ears already standing by morning.

Normally I wait at least one day to put mom and lambs out, but it's sunny and warm, and Lilly is an old pro. It's less stressful than being separated from the flock. They develop so much faster - I find - when they can go outside.

I want to thank all the nice thoughts people held for us this season- I have to say, I feel like a boulder has been lifted off my chest. The trauma of last year really made a mark on me, and Martyn, and it showed this season. We lost the stillborn girl, and I still fret about the surviving twin's rattle, but all in all, we are pleased.

And relieved.


Ruth said...

O! That little face. Almost too cute to bear. Mom and baby seem to be happy. I'm glad that the lambing has gone well. Enjoy your day!

Cathy said...

These two might be the cutest yet! That little strawberry blonde girl is so sweet.

I'm so happy it all went well this year.

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

Oh Katherine.. they are BEAUTIFUL!!! Such a Proud Mama you are!

I wish I was close enough to come visit... I would love to see them.

Karen Deborah said...

So good that all the new babies have arrived. Kathy at Dusty Trails is a very sociable vet. She would probably give you some advice about your babies rattle. Just how do you get youg critters to cough and deep breathe? I love coming to take a look at all this sweetness and the little guy with muddy knees is tooo cute! boys will be boys.

deedledumpling said...

So grateful and relieved for you Kathryn, and Martyn too! Lilli's babes are beautiful, and I have to agree with the other reader. "How can you not love a Strawberry Blonde"?? The cut looks like it will heal OK I agree. Will the babies run?? Not sure if it's the same as with post surgical patient's, but the old "get them up and moving" and moving air works in humans.

Tai said...

Congratulations! So happy to hear all lambs and moms and shepherdesses are doing well. Little Strawberry is adorable. And I love that top photo of the baby with the dirty knees. Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad this year is so much better. I guess I didn't know about the little stillborn one, though. I hope her twin flourishes.

Zan Asha said...

Congrats Madame Shepherd! They are each miracles, as are we all! They are all so beautiful...I'm sure you are feeling grateful and proud...as you should be :)

......Thimblefolk.......Barb McNamara said...

I've been checking in every day....so glad to hear all went well this year. Enjoy your babies, they are beautiful.


artistickitty said...

ahhhhhhhhhh..another sigh here! ♥AK

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