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Lamb are getting big
« on: November 21, 2016, 08:13:20 PM »
All 10 of our ewes will be lambing starting in about 5-10 days and this weather isn't helping.  Just thought I would post a couple of pictures showing our little flock of Katahdins. The pic with the single sheep is my favorite but she has a bit of St. Croix in her background. She can also get an attitude like a goat and we are pretty sure she will have twins.
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I had to put in a picture of our Great Pyrenees that we introduced a week or so ago.  She has completely adopted our little flock and they have accepted her as their Guardian.  I missed a good picture. The one I'm attaching shows Maisy crashed beside the hay rack but when I went in to get the camera there was a ewe on both sides of her getting her warmth.  She patrols most of every night so she spends a lot of time during the day catching up on her Z's



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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2016, 11:38:46 AM »
Mike I don't Know anything about sheep so please forgive my ignorance.  Why did you breed them to lamb at this time?  Timing a market?  On the surface, it seems counter-intuitive  to have newborns going into harsh winter conditions.
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2016, 11:54:19 AM »
Tutti
Exactly what I thought,  We timed cows to calve in February and March.
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2016, 05:33:34 PM »
We always had sheep when I was a kid, and lambing was always a winter sport as I recall.  When the ewe was about to have her lambs we would move them into stalls in the main barn, and more than once we had a sick lamb in a warm oven (door open) just to warm them up.  To this day I do not eat lamb or mutton because the meat smells like the animal.  We had them because it gave us kids something to do (slave labor) and to keep the pasture from being overgrown with brush, because I doubt that they ever made any money. 
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2016, 07:37:56 PM »
Early winter lambing is common around this part of Tennessee.  The lambs are pretty hardy but it is mostly because of parasites.  They aren't an issue in winter and the market lambs will be ready for sale just about at Easter when spring lambs would have a hard time surviving a parasite load..

If you have severe weather you need to get them warm the first couple of days but we will do that with lambing jugs that are sheltered.  Momma follows the feed and the lambs follow Momma anywhere she goes.

Also just to point out that these sheep are hair sheep (Katahdins) and they have as sweet a taste as you will ever find.
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2016, 07:43:40 PM »
The shorter one at the left rear of the feeder is one that is due any time now. She is making milk and the lamb(s) have shifted and ready to start playing.


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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2016, 08:03:41 AM »
We were off by almost a full month but we walked out to be greeted by two ewe lambs this morning.

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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2016, 08:57:15 PM »
They look great Mike. Nice and healthy. Will most of them have twins or is that the exception?
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2016, 06:01:02 AM »
Thanks for the photo Mike.
Who doesn't like baby animal pictures. They are so cute!
 
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2016, 07:11:07 AM »
BB - most of these are 2-4 years old and twins are pretty common.  Two more look like they will have twins also but you never know.
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2016, 06:30:01 PM »
This ewe is one that we thought was carrying twins.  Delivery was hard but we didn't have to intervene.  We may leave this ram intact until we see how he fills out.  We like his build and he came out of the womb at 11 pounds 4 ounces.  He is only two hours old in the pic and a solidly built ram lamb.  She had this one right out in the open and didn't care about who watched.  :)

I won't post the rest of them since they won't look much different that those already posted.

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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2017, 03:36:30 PM »
So far we have one set of twins and 3 singles for a total of 2 ram lambs and 3 ewe lambs.  There are 6 more to go. We were hoping for more twins but at least they are all healthy and growing fast.

It's unusual to see all of them in one spot but I was able to snap a picture of all 5 lambs and their moms.



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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2017, 04:33:26 PM »
Nice flock!
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2017, 09:14:54 PM »
Thanks for updating this thread Mike. I love to see the new born and hear about your progress. Good luck on the rest of the flock.

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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2017, 08:19:50 PM »
I'll be a post pain and post them as we take them. This retirement life we chose is a lot of learning, rewarding and it's share of sorrow but we love it.

This picture is our favorite ewe with a newborn ewe lamb literally minutes old.  She hasn't even finished cleaning it up yet.

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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2017, 07:17:11 AM »
Not to me!

 I enjoy seeing the pictures.
 Keep them coming!
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2017, 08:10:41 AM »
I am with Maggie. I like seeing the pics and hearing about your new experiences. I am not sure about this retirement life and I must be doing it wrong. I worked harder last year than I ever had in my whole life and it was my second year of retirement.

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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2017, 09:13:39 AM »
Same here Double B - My wife and I have done more manual labor in the last 6 months than in probably 40 years but it has been rewarding. No stress though and 35 pounds disappeared and blood down so no cons to this way of life yet.
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2017, 10:13:05 AM »
We had our 3rd ram lamb born a few minutes ago.  This ewe is super tame and came to us in the shelter to give birth while we were cleaning out the stall.

So far it is 3 rams and 3 ewes.

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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2017, 10:01:33 AM »
I'm impressed that she had the good sense to seek shelter since I'm always hearing how dumb they are.  6 down and 4 to go, moving right along. 

Oops, I forgot about one had twins.  I'm just glad that all is going well.
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