Thursday, February 25, 2016

Marnie & Ray

No new lambs today, at least not yet. I'm grateful since the farm is a mudslide, thanks to a day of nonstop rain. I'm in for the night enjoying watching the Season 5 premiere of GIRLS. While I dream of Marnie and Ray actually getting together I am piling up fresh towels into the lambing bucket and charging the flashlight. I was just out there walking up the muck and checking on the crew. So far no one else has hinted at going into labor but whose to say what'll happen in the next few minutes? I check every few hours on them, day and night, and am worried about the oldest ewe, Split Ear, since last year only one side of her udder was producing. So I plan on sweeping in if there are twins and bottle feeding them to be safe. There are few enough lambs born around here that such actions aren't so crazy.

It is good the rain has stopped and the weather is mild. There's no fear of losing a lamb from the cold, but there is a fear of its mother giving birth to it outside in the swill that is early spring and not on the nice, fresh, dry hay I have set up. They are, after all, sheep.  Which is a nice way of saying let's not pretend they are perfect mothers and great planners.

For those who are curious: Brick had a boy and a girl, which I have named Marnie and Ray, right now.


Blogger Coco said...

Congratulations on the twins. A ewe!!

February 26, 2016 at 2:33 AM  

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