Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spring Lambing

I checked the calendar and it says it is April, but looking outside I would guess February.

We lamb in the spring for a reason, the warmer weather. I do not like lambing in the winter but that is what it feels like we are doing.

Today Delaney found new twin lambs in the barnyard when she was letting the sheep out to pasture.
They looked cold and not very responsive. Unfortunately we were away at a funeral and she could not get a hold of us. Being the smart girl that she is, she gave them each a couple of squirts of Nutri-drench (vitamin supplement) and tried to help dry and warm them up with towels.

Mike came home earlier than I did and the ewe lamb  was pretty non responsive. They had to bring her in and warm her up in the tub with some warm water. After a little while she started coming around and getting  more active. They put her in a plastic bag (head out, of course) to try to keep her lamb smell from coming off in the bath so mom wouldn't reject her. She is out in the barn now with mom and brother. Mom is acting a little offish with her. We will leave them alone for a while and hope that it works itself out. If not, we will have to intervene with a bottle.
We don't usually have these problems in April!

I told myself I would not talk about the weather, but would I be a real farmer if I didn't grumble about it now and then?

I love the quote by Mark Twain: 
"Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it."

I sure wish I could do something about it!

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  1. Sandra, THank you so much for your comments on our blog yesterday. We have a goat dairy down the road from us, but they are milking full size dairy goats, and I am afraid to get so tied down... however, you are the FIRST to say that the babies can be left with the mamas, which I think is so wise. Once a day milking.. that's the way to go!
    The lady I spoke with yesterday, whose goats I saw, referred me to a Nigerian Dwarf breeder, with a reputable operation... they are within driving distance, and I wrote them today, to try to go up this week to see their kids. Thanks again for your help!

    1. your welcome.
      We have been doing one a day milking for a long time. It works for us. I have a couple of friends who do that as well.
      I woudln't have dairy goats if the babies didn't help us out when we just can't milk :)

  2. Hope things turn out good for your cold lambs. We calve in April for the same reasons you lamb this time of year. Wind, cold and snow. We are in the middle of our second winter storm within a week. Think Spring!

    1. I seen that some areas are under Snow Storm Warnings!! I am so glad we aren't having that kind of snow dumped on us!
      I hope it warms up for you soon!

  3. Great post. A friend recommended your blog. I will be back for sure!

    I am giving away a set of Ball Canning blue pint jars on my blog right now, I hope you'll stop by!

    Fresh Eggs Daily

    1. Thanks for the invite! Will be stopping by, I love ball canning jars :)


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