Here is the first lamb of 2014, a 13 pound Tunis Ram.
He had a pretty rough start.
When I was pulling up to the house, I noticed something small behind the barn. I slowed down the car-it was dark red, but still couldn't tell what it was. It took a minute before I realized it was a lamb. What was a lamb doing behind the barn? I hurried up the drive and ran into the barn to find an upset mama ewe trying to open the barn door. I made my way over and sure enough, her lamb was on the other side of the door. There is a small opening at the bottom of the door and he had managed to fall out! I fetched the little guy and put him and mama in a stall.
He is having a hard time figuring out the nursing thing. We have been having to assist. We normally do not have to do that. We are cutting him a break since he had such a rough start in life!
We are hoping he will be okay when he gets warmed up. To help that along I am making him a lamb coat using a sweater sleeve from the wool sweaters I have been felting.
I am hoping he will be nursing and bouncing around in no time.
So starts the 2014 Lambing Season!