Archive for April, 2007

The new guy

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

We got a new little ram lamb last night. This one was acquired instead of home-grown. Our ewe DuClair that lost both of her lambs has a new adopted baby. One of the other Shetland sheep breeders in the area had a lamb that was rejected by her mother. We had a ewe with full udders with no lambs. Perfect!

We got him home at 10:00pm or so last night. Neither party was thrilled with the situation, and he ended up getting his first feedings via bottle (which he was also not thrilled about). However, he’s decided that he enjoys nursing now and sets-to with vigor. DuClair is STILL not thrilled. :D She’ll either get over it in a few days, or we’ll just keep holding her head while the little guy nurses, which is a LOT easier than bottle-feeding.

The new lamb is black with just a few little white tufts on his ears. We’ve named him Jerome. He was named after this Jerome, not this Jerome, but if you want to have a sheep name-sake Jerome, I’ll say we named him after you all along ;)

Followed by a happier night!

Friday, April 27th, 2007

I woke up this morning around 3:30am…bad dream.  I figured as long as I was up, I’d check the sheep.  I went out to look and Mist had a set of twins by her side!  She had a little black ewe and a gray-flecket ram.  We tried to graft the little ewe onto DuClair, but neither one of them seemed interested.  Oh, well…we tried.

The two new lambs seem to be doing well, but it was a tense early morning.  Having just lost two lambs a few hours earlier, we were a bit on the paranoid side about things.  Anyhow, all seems to be going well, and the lamb count is now two ewes and two rams.

A sad day

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

It’s a sad day here on the ranch. Another one of our ewes gave birth to two very loud flecket lambs (black with lots of white splotches). She had a lot of trouble with birth and they both died.  We worked very hard to save them – one lived a few minutes, the other about half an hour.  I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

1000 Days At Sea

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

I read an interesting article about this couple that have headed out to sea on a 70-some-odd-foot schooner. Their goal is to remain at sea without ever stepping on land or taking on fresh supplies for 1000 days. Their adventure started just a couple of days ago. It sounded like an interesting thing to check in on once and a while, so I’ve added a link to it under “Stuff to read”.

FINALLY!

Friday, April 20th, 2007

We finally got some lambs.  It was like waiting for Christmas.  Now our other four ewes just need to get on the ball…

No need to repeat everything Allena wrote, and upload the pics again.  You can just look here.