Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Young Lambs First Day in the Pasture

Maggie's triplets.

The half dairy babies are looking very nice.


So cute!

You only can run around like crazy so long....

One of Dotty's twins.

Dotty, Glennie, and Elaine.

And them all again....

Maggie tries to keep track of her bouncy triplets.

No post is complete without a picture of Vienna

The triplets torment another (but older) triplet, Venice

Venice again...


And Parsley being a goofball!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Day

Scarlett and Brunswick


KRK Ram lamb "Westlock"

Lisbon and Emily
Now officially bottle babies since mom was to tired to ever notice them.
Dolly's doing better now, which means she's feeling good enough to knock around these odd little creatures running around in her pen.

Some goats!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

More Lambs...and finally some pictures!

Well...I said I couldn't wait until Dolly had her lambs!

I checked on her early. By the way she looked last night I really thought I should have some lambs down there. I should have got up during the night to check. :-P

She had one head out and I could feel one more head and only one leg.... I tried, but couldn't get anything to move anywhere. We'd already lost the first lamb and I was worried about the one right behind. It didn't respond when I stuck my finger in the it's mouth.

The vet could not get here fast enough!

It was a mess, but they got untangled and amazingly the other two lambs made it!!!!
So much for her not being as big as her sister, Maggie. These lambs are good sized, too. Dolly is very worn out. Poor girl. She must have been trying all night. I hope she pulls through healthy. She's has proved herself and her determination.

You know that point when you get the shoulders and head and the rest just slips out? Well, the two first lambs wouldn't do that! They both had to be put all the way back in and then their back legs unfolded before the backend would come through.
And top it off, number 3 was breach!

The vet didn't think she'd have more problems next time. He actually remarked at how much room she had in there. She'll get another year to prove she can do it easy. I'll watch her more carefully next time. Sorry girl!

She's to tired and weak to stand for very long but thankfully she has enough milk that the babies can easily nurse well she's laying down. I hope she gains her strength quickly and I don't have to deal with prolapse!

I learned a lot by this vet visit. This position was a lot like Ella's. I'm hoping I can deal with this sort of thing better next time. This position was complex enough, I'm so glad I didn't wait to call the vet.
Thank you so much Dr. Fischer of Newberg Veterinary Hospital for pulling them through!

Triplet girls again! That makes 18 lambs with only 2 ram lambs.

I finally got pictures!
Miss Pickwickian

RR Resources Virginia Grace
Babies Hillbilly Bone and Georgia.

DWB Vienna

DWB Texas

DWB Sicily
So meek and sweet, just like mom. :-)

Drowsy Waters Scarlett

Miss Lonely
The clown

Our first Dairy lambs!
This is one of Maggie's six day old triplets. They are half Katahdin and half dairy.

Another girl...

One of Dotty's week old girls.

Scarlett and Georgia fighting


DWB Florence
Spoiled favorite

Ella's babies
Bristol, Alexandria and Sweet Potato Pie

Ella girl

DWB Glennifer (Glennie)
One of Dotty's one week old ewe lambs

DWB Elaine
Dotty's other ewe lamb

And the young, yet capable, Dotty herself

My last ewe to lamb
Big enough yet?

Drowsy Waters Brunswick

The bottle babies
Have to love that smile!

The bottle babies again...
Miss Lonely, Florence, and Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit, Florence, and Miss Lonely

Atlanta, my prettiest, sweetest doe kid this year. :-)

Atlanta again...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Maggie and Dolly the Dairy Girls

Last fall we added the first dairy sheep to our farm (and our first wool sheep). I'm not planning on making the dairy sheep a big deal, but I would like to mix some of them in with the Katahdins to help keep good milking lines in there. So far I am more impressed then I thought I'd be.

Our two ewes (thank you Colleen!) where born 5/07 and this is their first lambing season. I was mildly concerned because they were older, but they've done great.

Maggie, the biggest ewe, gave me lovely, adorable triplets on Friday. Two ewes and a ram. I can't believe I don't have names for them yet. :-) Maybe because that makes 25 babies for us this year! That feels like a lot of names.
The babies are very, very plump and frisky. She is feeding them very well and still has milk leftover. I think this dairy sheep thing was a good idea. :-)

Dolly has dropped her babies and we are just waiting to see what she gives us. She's not near as plump as sister so I'm hoping our last Katahdin will hurry and have her lambs at the same time. Maybe I can foster one over. Our last Katahdin ewe, Celia, is massive. I'm not sure if I want her to raise triplets since she is older and doesn't have a huge udder. This is her first lambing here and I just don't know what to expect. If Dolly only has a single, or even if she has twins, I'm probably going to have to milk her out some. She looks like a real producer.

Those are our last two ewes! It would be nice if we got twins and triplets and that would put me up to 20 lambs even with a total of 30 goats and sheep born here this year.

We'll see. :-)

Lambing total right now is 7 ewes for 15 lambs with 13 ewe lambs and 2 ram lambs! We have been so blessed this year!

Thanks for reading. I'll post pictures soon.
Miss Pickwickian

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sketches of Spring

I would have a host of pictures, but I have been so busy (and to lazy) to format them for the blog. They shall come....

There was an attempted snow yesterday, but we've had some wonderfully warm days. The orchard is blossoming and daffodils are everywhere. Unfortunately it's been chilling back up just in time for my last ewes to lamb.

Instead of pictures here are some written snap shots of the farm.

~This time of the year the Katahdins spend nearly 24/7 out in the pasture. (If there is rain, clouds, or darkness the goats and dairy sheep stay indoors.) The lambs spend most of the day running from the barn to the pasture and back. So cute!

~Nine baby goats in one pen is as entertaining as TV.

~One of our neighbors (the ones who raised the huge caboodle of Boers) sold all their stock on Sunday. All except one....They very graciously gave back the doe we sold them when they first got started! I came home from church to find a mini Ella in one of my quarantine pens. She's a real blessing and will save me two years on raising a different Ella baby to start milking.

I'm currently working her (formally known here as Nobby and now Capri) milk back up after she weaned her kids. It's going much better then I expected. She is just as relaxed and sweet and all around dairish as her mom. Hopefully she won't follow in her mom's foot steps of being a big ol' boss. I'll just have to wait for her blood tests results to see how she does with them all.

~We had our first Boers go the way Boer's were intended to go. :-P We'll see it if was all worth it.

~Whenever I come down to early or to late for normal chores the critters are out in the pasture. The sheep are easy to get in, and if they weren't it wouldn't matter to much. I don't have to milk them.
The goats? Not so much.
I'm separating Ella and Ginny at night so their easy. The other day I'd finished the inbarn goats and I was ready for the pasture girls. They were not ready. I chugged out to the pasture and called for them. Penny made some half hearted steps back to the barn, but got distracted. I went back into the barn thinking they would surely come back in after the saw me. Nope.
I ran the milk I'd already milked up to the house to start chilling and put Ella and Ginny back with the gang.
Ella, of course, tromped out the pasture with her triplets, told everybody what was what and turned right back around and led them all in. How can they all fear her so much but be incapable of make the simple decision to return to the barn without her?

~Miss Lonely is now the happiest, fattest growing baby on the farm but still considers it her duty to wail hoarsely whenever she sees a human.

~We had our first surprise lambs in 11 years.
Our power was out from about 3-10pm yesterday. When it looked like I wasn't going to have power for chores I hurried down to try and get the five goats milked before the milk room was completely dark. I'd gotten through goat four when I went out to feed the ewe lambs and dairy mom's. Darkness can do funny things, but there really was two itty-bitty lambs in there!
Dotty had delivered two ewe lambs no problem. They were fat, happy, and frisking!

I would have loved to let her grow that full year. She is a gorgeous ewe and hopefully will still grow some more. Lambing early always cuts their growth short.
She was one of my main candidates for a yearling at the state fair. She did well last year and if she's anything like her mom she should be a lovely big yearling by September. We'll see. She's out of Amelia's triplets last year and is my biggest and oldest ewe lamb.

This puts her with babies at 13 months. It could be worse. She doesn't have a lot of milk yet, but it should come in. Two ewe lambs (no matter how tiny) are always a blessing. ;-) Dotty still looks as prosperous as ever. It certainly doesn't seem to have affected her too much weight wise. She's still filled out. Just tiny babies. We'll see how she does next year.

But then there is the big question. How did this happen? Well, the only ram that has been near her is Westlock and back in October at three months. Katahdins do mature early...but that is very early. Do I need to start weaning my ram lambs even earlier?

I think I need to trust my instincts a bit more with the critters. A few days ago I was just remarking to one of the family, "Wow, Dotty has a mature udder for a yearling. Maybe it's just cause she's fat everywhere." Ding, ding, ding. I feel very stupid.

I think that's enough for one day.... Back to the action.
Thanks for reading,
Miss Pickwickian

Drowsy Waters Farm