Saturday, April 16, 2016
A Newborn Lamb
The first lamb of the year was born on Thursday. Sage went into labour at lunch time, and less than an hour later she had delivered this long legged little ram lamb. I couldn't think of a name for him, so I decided to ask for suggestions on Instagram, and have chosen Rocket. I think it suits him.
The next ewe to lamb will be Minty, although I suspect that the next animal to give birth will be Missy-Moo. We moved her into her calving paddock this morning as her udder has filled and she's got all the other signs of an impending birth. It's exciting.
Sage is the least quiet of my sheep, in fact she has a bit of a wild streak so I'm unable to get too close to her little one for too long. I was thinking of moving Sage on, due to her nervous temperament. She's a challenge to handle, especially around lambing time, but as my sister pointed out it would be hard to find a good home for her. Here Sage is handled with patience, her oversized flight zone is respected, even if it means getting her into the shed can take three quarters of an hour when she's got a newborn lamb in tow. In another place she may be handled in a way that would cause her more anxiety and stress, and so I think she must stay here. So far she's had two beautiful lambs, and she's a challenge I don't mind keeping. I think she'll always be nervous, though, because after almost a year of being here she still isn't relaxed.
The lamb she had last year is now lovely and quiet however, so little Rocket should become friendlier with age too.
I hope you've been having a good weekend.
It's been very cosy and Autumnal here, and a little damp too.