Adventures in Lambing 2012

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 15th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/42qdn4uy/
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This year's lambing is out of the way. I want to share with my readers the tales of lambing from 2012. We had 8 ewes, and one ram. In the day they are in a pasture, but at night they are in the winter. This is Canada and we have snow on the ground, coyotes in the area, and it still gets cold at night.

Girlie has Leap Year Triplets

Girlie is a very friendly sheep, part Barbado, part wool. She gets a thick coat in the winter, but sheds most of it in the spring and summer. Anyhow, she had triplet lambs on Leap Year Day, February 29th. She had 2 ewe lambs and one ram lamb. The ram lamb was much larger than the ewe lambs.

One of the ewe lambs was not looking too good a few days later, she was not getting enough milk to drink - sheep only have 2 nipples so clearly the other lambs were taking more milk. As such we started bottle feeding her twice a day. She was still getting some milk from mom too.

Good Morning Mamma Katahdin

Katahdin sheep are hair sheep, we have two adult ewes that were twin sisters. Their mother was a great mom. One of these sheep is darker than the other, we call her Brown Katahdin, her sister (whom you will see below) is a little lighter. On the morning of March 2, my wife found her with 2 little ewe lambs, one mostly white with some brown/orange hairs, and one mostly black with a star.

Brown Katahdin is a very protective mother - she stomps her foot if you get too close to her lambs.

Poor Blackie has Triplets, but Loses One

Blackie was a bottle baby when she was a lamb, she is very friendly. Part way through the day we observed her go to our older barn which the sheep have access to anytime they want. It is one of those barns that leans to the side, and you have to bend over in.

My wife found her with one lamb and carried the lamb back to the main barn, with Blackie following. Later when she went out to check on Blackie, she found two more lambs, sadly though, one was dead. This left her with two lambs, one brown girl, and one black and white boy.

In the picture, they are a day old, the brown lamb is resting in the back ground. Blackie really is all black, but her wool fades.

Patsy Has Twins

Still.. on the same day as the last two, March 2nd. Later in the day when it was time to bring all the sheep into the barn for the night, Patsy was missing. Patsy is a very unique sheep, part Jacob, she had 5 horns at one time, but must have knocked one off this last summer and now only has 4 horns.

She was found in the old barn with two black and white lambs, one ram lamb, one ewe lamb.

Diamond has Triplets

Diamond is our largest sheep. She often has triplets and did so again on March 5. She had 2 ewe lambs, and 1 ram lamb, all black and white with cow like markings - a cute trio, if I do say so. Rather than showing you their baby pictures, the picture I am showing is of them a few weeks later - you will notice that 2 have hair coats, and one has tight curly wool.

When born two had bad legs, their fetlocks on their front legs were bent so much they were walking on the front of their legs. This was due to being cramped inside their mother. We had to spend a few minutes every day straightening them, and could not let them outside until their legs were good and strong.

At this point we noticed a trend - every ewe had at least one black and white lamb, the father, a hair sheep, is mostly white, with only a black head, and small black "saddle" marking.

Favorite has Twins

Favorite sheep is a bit "special" if you know what I mean. She had a stroke a few years ago and cannot keep food in her mouth. She is Blackie's mom.

She cannot clean her lambs real well so my wife had to help. She broke the trend of black lambs, having two mostly white ones, although both have rings of black around their eyes. Both are ewe lambs, one has hair, the other has wool.

Same Day... Different Sheep - White Katahdin

That same day, when we were bringing the other sheep in for the night, I noticed White Katahdin, sister of Brown Katahdin, was missing. She was not hard to find, she was around the corner beside the barn with two lambs, one brown, one black and white. I picked up the one lamb, my wife grabbed the other, and the mother followed into the barn and we put them in a stall.

The brown one is smaller, and is a girl, the black one is a ram lamb.

I realize some of these pictures are not great, it is hard to get the newborn lambs to look at you, they mostly look at their mother - it is only when they are a few days old they look at the people things.

Last One - Mrs Dark Brown Barbado

Mrs Dark Brown Barbado is Girlies mother. She is a Barbado hair sheep.

Last year she had triplets, and was huge so we were sort of expecting triplets from her again. Actually it was a bit of a relief she only had twins, both black and white, and both ram lambs. They were big and strong, being born on March 13.

These twins are the last lambs - bringing the total to 18 lambs, 11 girls, and 7 boys. At night when we bring the sheep in to the barn we have to count to make sure they are all there, the mothers run back and forth trying to sort out where their lambs are in the confusion of coming into the barn for supper.

Wrapping Up

Wow - this article took forever to write, I hope you enjoyed it, now I know why I leave blogging to my wife.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar johnnydod
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing this with us Mark, you and your wife must feel really good, if not knackered after all the work.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Mar 2012 (#)

Heck Johnny I feel pretty knackered after just writing the article. My wife mostly does the work with the sheep in the day, I help in the evenings with chores and bottle feeding while she is feeding the donkey and llama.

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author avatar Mikey.
15th Mar 2012 (#)

I love lambs they are so cute. Great article Mark.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Mar 2012 (#)

A very interesting and informative article, Mark, even for an old farm boy like me.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Mar 2012 (#)

a great piece Mark, pics too. the lambs are adorable took me back when I would watch them frolicking in the meadows in Warwickshire.

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Very interesting and exciting. I am sorry though that you lost one.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Fascinating farming stuff. Awesome photos. They're so damn cute!

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author avatar Tess Irons
16th Mar 2012 (#)

They're so cute. I wanna pet them.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
16th Mar 2012 (#)

So lovely sheep. I rather find the pictures more interesting and I feel the pictures distracted me from reading the nice article.

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author avatar Denise O
16th Mar 2012 (#)

I enjoyed every bit of it. I just love the photos. I can just imagine how hard it was to take these shots, just lovely my friends. Congrats to all y'all. Just great Mark! Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
16th Mar 2012 (#)

my friend*

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author avatar Buzz
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Mark, just wondering. Do you have enough salary to maintain upkeep of these beautiful animals? Engaging page and star, btw. Thanks.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Buzz, I have a full time job too. We cannot keep all the lambs, we do not have the space, and the ram lambs would breed their mothers and sisters - so in the spring we do sell most lambs. This will pay for next years hay and oats.

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author avatar Buzz
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Oh, okay, Mark. I see. That's great, thanks.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Neat article. My cousin in Massachusetts also has sheep. I love them - thanks for the article and the pics!

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author avatar rama devi nina
16th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing, Mark. Such cute pics, too! :-))

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author avatar Delicia Powers
17th Mar 2012 (#)

Very lovely-such hard work! I enjoyed reading and learning about this, thank you Mark...

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Mar 2012 (#)

Ah Mark this is such a great Star Page article and those images are adorable! Wow! You really do have your work cut out for you both with all those extra little ones but you must be so pleased. Loved this page my friend!

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author avatar Terry
18th Mar 2012 (#)

That is very interesting. We have none of that in the city where I live so it unusual to me. Thanks.

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
21st Mar 2012 (#)

great page...they all look cute too....it didnt matter if it took you forever to write a wonderful article

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
29th Mar 2012 (#)

Mark: I just loved this page. It seems that you have a lot of work and I think Buzz should come over and help you; he could do all the mucking-out. . I only take care of two rabbits, one dog, three cats and two visiting cats.
Thank you, Mark, for being such a kind and considerate moderator.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Completely awe-inspiring - and cute too. I love Diamond's lambs the best - though they're all so GORGEOUS. All the hard work you put in pays off in the end when you see these beauties born. Then all you have to do is sit back and let their mamma rear them - haha!

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author avatar Judy Ellen
18th Apr 2012 (#)

Wow! You have such an interesting life! I would love to live on a farm! The pictures are so beautiful!!!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
18th Apr 2012 (#)

Its hard to take their pictures when they are first born they are worried about their moms and do not look at people.

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