Saturday, June 26, 2010

maude, this morning

23 Comments:

Blogger T said...

hmmm, looks to my untrained eye like you've got a momma on your hands! Whoo hoo!

June 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Floridagirl said...

Think this will improve or totally finish off her 'loving' disposition? Maybe she's been grumpy 'cause she wanted to be a mama? I know...too much anthropomorphism.

June 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

i would love, love, a lamb here. But i'm not 100% convinced she's pregnant yet. though it sure looks like it....

June 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger HotFlashHomestead said...

Jenna, I have a question. If Sal is not, in fact, fixed, will this create eventual competetive behavior with him and Joseph, when Joseph becomes mature? Would they fight over Maude, or will there be so many sheep on your farm by that time that Joseph will have his choice of pretty ewes? I have no sheep experience, so I'm just wondering how/if this will effect the current group dynamic.

June 26, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
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June 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger smilingcat said...

If you are not sure, place the palm of your hand just in front of the udder and check for any movement from the fetus.

have one of your shepard friends to come over and take a look. Lot cheaper than getting a blood test or ultra-sound.

BTW, I'm sure you already have but it would be worthwhile to readup on sheep birthing to be on the safe side.

crossing my fingers for you ;) a lamb is in Jenna's future shortly... I hope.

:D :D

June 26, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know precious little on sheep pregnancy, so can't really weigh in on the is she/isn't she debate, but I'm hoping that she is and that there will be pictures of Cold Antler labs in the not-too-distant future.

June 26, 2010 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Wow! I bet if you watch closely, you'll be able to see her belly move.

June 26, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger From the Country Farm said...

the ligaments under her tail look VERY loose, if there is a delivery headed her way that usually an indication that it'll be within 24 hourss I believe.

I for one really hope you've got a lamb or two or three headed your way for two reasons, how cool would that be and I hope you get to witness it because I cannot wait to read about your experience seeing as how you are such a gifted writer!

June 26, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger melldot said...

yes yes...baby on the way. congrats! that's just what my girls looked like this spring. have fun :)

June 26, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

OK, since most of your followers think Maude is going to present you with a lamb or lambs, you might want to put her in a more confined space where you can tie her if need be and you might want to be prepared to milk her for the colostrum and to bottle feed. I only say this because of her contrariness. She may think motherhood is her calling and if you are prepared you stand a better chance she will. You know, Murphy.

June 26, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

Jenna, she looks ready to birth. If this is her first birthing I'd get on the horn to have someone with a bit of experience ready to help if you need it (even over the phone)

If I was betting in a birth pool I'd say twins, sunday by sundown.

June 26, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Robbie Knight said...

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June 26, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Robbie Knight said...

I guess wagering would be illegal and a little tawdry, considering the subject. But I'm putting my nickel on Monday morning, 6-ish. Maude would be happiest if you are inconvenienced.

June 26, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger bookjunky said...

I can't see the udder very well. That's usually the best way to know. But the udder does bag up well before they give birth. Some of my ewes had ENORMOUS ones and it would be weeks before they delivered. Also the vulva would get more and more swollen for the last week or so.

What does she look like from the back? Do her sides poof out compared to the boys? It's hard to tell from this one picture but she look like she might be preggers.

As far as movement, I never saw any and my sheep would not stand for much handling. But I doubt I would have been able to feel anything...never could on the goat anyway.

If she does lamb, keep in mind that it's often hard to tell if mom is nursing or not. Usually if you leave them alone they will do their job. Lambs will nurse very little compared to how long/much you think they should nurse. So if they are taking the teat at all they are fine. I would try to get mom to nurse (by putting the lamb to the teat) before I would take over with milking and such. It is not only a huge hassle for you, it's not as healthy for the lamb(s).

One way to tell if the lamb is getting enough/any milk is to put a finger in its mouth (this is a couple of hours after birth if you are unsure). If the mouth is warm, that indicates it is okay. Also a lamb that is not nursing will tend to be hunched up. A lamb that is getting milk from mom will tend to stretch when it stands up. Every time my sheep lambed I worried about this but every time, they did just fine. As I said, it's often hard to catch them in the act of nursing the first couple of days.

June 26, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger pjo2179 said...

don't know about sheep, but a sure way to tell on my pigs is when their milk comes in.. i mean really comes in. either my husband or i have booby duty when the pigs are about to farrow... every feeding we try to milk them, and once we get some milk, it's usually that day or the next when the babies come!!!

June 26, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'd say preggo.

June 26, 2010 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Rois said...

My bet is for Sunday morning-ish.Because Sunday's child is bonny good and gay,which would be good since Mama has her own mind.

June 26, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

So Pedro whose occupation is shepherd says pregnant. How could anyone argue with that.
Good Luck, I'll be looking by 5:30 AM for an update on things.

June 26, 2010 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Oh, I'm late to the party again, dangit! I don't know about sheep, but my goats got VERY large toward the end of pregnancy, and "bagged up" shortly before kidding(about a day before). However, neither of them made much of an udder since it was their first time, so I wouldn't count on that necessarily. Goats will begin to produce discharge near to kidding time - if that's true for sheep, watch her backside.

June 26, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Cheryl at The Cottage Times said...

I'm a green horn and googled...here is a pretty good site.

www.teachnet.ie/farmnet/Sheep_b4lambing.htm

June 27, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Cheryl at The Cottage Times said...

I'm a green horn and googled...here is a pretty good site.

www.teachnet.ie/farmnet/Sheep_b4lambing.htm

June 27, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

if she was near lambing time her udders would be dropped barely able to fit between her legs and all the way down to her hocks. she might be pregnant but there don't be a lamb for several weeks/month.

June 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

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