Yes....it is February...already
There are 16 lambs that are lively and running around like a school of fish and 2 new lambs that were born on February 9th. One of which was so big I needed to help deliver it....in the mud.
Yes , Mud....It has been warm enough for the ground to become a muddy mess. Luckily this fall the courtyard had been scrapped and stone put down to improve drainage. Where last year I would have been in 6 inches of mud , I am only in a little surface mud and slush.
I have only 1 full time bottle baby right now and she is a month old, her name is Lady . She gets a bottle only twice a day now, which is much easier on me.
The lamb I helped deliver Thursday(9 pm) is on the bottle as his mother still hasn't had her milk drop. But she is also a ewe whose teats face at an odd angle making it hard for lambs to drink. I will be working on that today, otherwise I will be feeding every 6 hours for the next week, leaving not much time for much of anything away from the farm.
I think I have 3 ewes left to give birth????? So we shall see. I am glad of the warmer weather as having already had a birth occur in -16 F and almost losing him to the cold is not fun. By the way the lamb born on that very cold morning is named Linus and his mother is Peanuts. Peanuts had a surprise lamb last April while I was in Virginia at my Mom's funeral and her name is Freida.
Mary Will Sussman