Sunday, February 24, 2013

More lamb love

These are Darla's new ram lambs. Born this afternoon. I had to go to town again and when I got back, i noticed Darla in the stall. She was in there this morning too. But then back out in the field when I left. I didn't really think she'd have lambs this early. Anyway, #7 was still wet and covered in slime. So I ran to the house to grad some things. Got back out and was drying him off, when out flew another lamb. I think he came out backwards because he was facing Darla, who was standing up. Strange. So got them both dried off as much as possible. Got them over to the milk bar. They both had some think warm colostrum.

#7 was a little weak. He laid around a lot. I gave him a few squirts of Nutridrench. He looked a lot perkier later. I still had to rub them some more. They were still wet. It sure takes a long time for that wool to get dry.

They are both so cute. #7 is in front and #8 behind him. #8 had a lot more energy than 7 did. He was already trying to bounce.

SO far the 2 ewes to lamb are pretty consistent. Leelah had a single ewe lamb last year. Now Darla with twin ram lambs after a single ram lamb last year. I hope Gracie and Fiona have twins too. So far Leelah is the only animal to have a single. All goats have had twins so far. I have 2 more to kid. And 6 more ewes to go. But 4 will be May or June lambs.

And please remind me to never breed for so early. What was I thinking anyway? It's COLD out there!

So a pretty good weekend here at Outback Farm. With twin kids and a single ewe lamb and twin ram lambs. And we are at 4 bucklings and 4 doelings so far!!!!!!! But we have Sandy to go yet. And she usually has more bucks. Which this year, since I bred her to the Boer buck, I don't mind if she has bucks.


Tombstone Livestock said...

Congrats again, your herd is growing.

Shine said...

I feel so lucky to have found so many awesome blogs about sheep! You're so lucky to have all those new babies!!!! Can't wait to follow along an see how they all come along:) Blessings~~Shine

Kristin said...

I've been out of town and have missed the updates with all these babies. I'm ODing on kid/lamb cuteness!

Kris said...

Thanks, y'all. I am so enjoying all these new babies. But it's been kind of rough, with all the sick goats and now Darla. It's overwhelming to say the least. Doing a lot of crying and poor me's. But it has to get better, right?

Kris said...

Shine, thank you for visiting my blog. There's a lot going on here right now. Things I have never dealt with. I am learning as I go. I know I'll never breed for this early again. And never breed a goat older than 9 again. Or maybe not even keep any of the doe kids. Just buy does that have been milking for a few years. This having first fresheners is hard, You just never know how they will be.

But I know it's not always like this. Actually, I have never had this many problems before. I hope the vet can help.