Saturday, March 5, 2016


Lost the lamb this morning. I was up with him for a few hours, and then left him to a blanket in the warm bathroom. He made it until around 5 this morning and then his heart just stopped. I don't know what made him turn from fine and eating a bottle with full energy at supper time and then again at 10PM and then limp in the corner at 2AM. All the other lambs are fine, though. I looked up some information online and most stats say the average loss during lambing season is 20-25% - it doesn't make it any easier. The Lion of March has stayed out of the forecast and hunted lambs instead, I guess.

I did get to sleep last night though, between 7pm-10PM, and again from 10PM-APM, and from 4AM -6:30AM. As the weather turns better I plan on sleeping through the night again by Sunday. They are predicting nearly sixty degrees by Tuesday. That is a very good thing for a little farm with little lambs. Kid from my two goats aren't due until late April or early May, but whose to say?


Blogger Holly Brown said...

The hardest part of this whole thing is the guilt. You think if you had more time, sat with them longer... truth is, sometimes you lose them. Its not your fault in any way shape or form. Some lives are just shorter. Sometimes nature culls them early, for unknown reasons.

Again, all part of the whole life you lead as you obviously already know. Not trying to talk down to you just want to remind you. You are not at fault.

Keep on moving forward!

March 5, 2016 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Kitty Dilatush said...

Jenna while it is hard to lose a newborn animal it happens. A lot of times it is just nature taking care of things. The lamb could have had weak lungs or something wrong with its heart. You can only do so much and then it is out of our hands. This happens with twins and triplets sometimes because they just didn't develop internally as they should have. Don't beat yourself up in any way about this. You have a nice new flock of lambs and they are what you need to concentrate on now. In a few weeks they will be running all over kicking up their heels and enjoying Spring.

March 5, 2016 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Ruth Dixon said...

Lost a ewe (my favorite) 3 years ago, I'm suspecting to a twin that was never born and she went septic. I have kicked myself again and again for not checking, as she always twinned. The year before that, we lost two sibling market lambs at 6 weeks old, 2 days apart to 2 different cougars in two different fields. It's part of nature, but it sure doesn't make it any easier to know that. I have a good rancher friend who says "Every lamb born alive is a miracle and they spend the rest of their life trying to commit suicide."

March 5, 2016 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Elle Cashen said...

Sorry you lost the little lamb. Heartbreaking but part of the circle of life. Get some SLEEP!

March 6, 2016 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Andria M said...

Such an exciting time of year for you. Hoping you'll post a little something about the pig butcher, how it went, hopefully smooth and uneventful. Amazing how the pig operation is just part of the routine there now. Keep up the good work

March 6, 2016 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Kitty Betzoldt said...

Sorry about the lamb. Make sure you keep an eye out for pneumonia symptoms with those big temp swings! One of my oldest does got pneumonia in January when the temps went from 60's to 40's & windy.

March 7, 2016 at 12:39 PM  

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