This little boy arrived on dry ground this afternoon. Dinah and Woodruff had good timing as we’re expecting measurable rain overnight.

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  1. Hope the sister is doing OK. Congratulations … tell them not to grow TOO fast before I come visit.

    • Upon our return from VT you couldn’t tell her from the rest! Absolutely amazing. I’m not sure what was wrong with her at the start – but it was significant. Little ones are amazing – she’s straightened out completely – as right as rain. D

  2. This is WONDERFUL! Sorry for the all-caps, that’s just how much I appreciate lambs. And I will keep my fingers double-crossed for little sister. And yes, indeed, that dry-ground-birthing was in the nick of time – what a gully washer we’re having today!

    • The ram was born first and his sister didn’t arrive until several hours later. Although her nose and mouth were clear, the rest of her remain in the membranes – Mom didn’t attend to her very well. She was chilled so we brought her into the barn and tubed her right away with some replacer that we had around from last year. [You DO have a catheter and huge syringe for tubing don’t you?] We’ve been bottling her every six hours or so because she’s been a bit wobbly on her pins – aren’t sure she’s actually had a drink from Mom yet. Continue to keep those fingers crossed.

      • Yes, I’ve got the stuff for tubing, though I’ve never had to do it. Oh dear, maybe mom detected something about her to make her want to give her less attention, but with care from you and Joanna she could come through this. I’ll def. keep the faith – I hope she’ll be o.k. and I know how fraught this time can be. Today I’m checking my lambing kit over to make sure it’s ready – my lambing won’t start for another month. I’m going to get some frozen colostrum from my goat-farming friend up the road to have, just in case, because last year I had a heck of a time trying to milk my ewe to feed her bummer lamb. Everyone tells me not to feed them the powdered stuff, that it will kill them! But I didn’t have a choice. Anyway, that little lamb is now my strongest, feistiest ewe-ling!

        • Don’t feed them the powdered stuff? Powdered what? Colostrum or milk? I have no experience with colostrum but have fed powdered milk on many, many, many occasions with never any ill effects. I can’t imagine what ‘everyone’ is talking about. Now .. having said that you DO HAVE TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO FEED COW REPLACER because that’s very high in copper and might hurt a little one. You’ve got to get hold of either sheep or goat or even generic replacer if need be. The little one is still with us this morning and seems to be moving ahead at a glacial speed – poor thing. D

      • It was that we weren’t to feed them powdered replacement (I had lamb replacement milk powder.) Woe unto thee, was what everyone said, scaring me to pieces. I ended up bringing her up on goat’s milk from my neighbor’s goats. I trust you guys have it down, that’s for sure. You’re my new go-to people, anyhow! Good luck with little one today!

        • I’m still not clear – and, we need to be sure about this. Are you saying that you had lamb replacer on hand but were afraid to use it … so you got hold of (real) goat’s milk instead? If that’s the case your friends are being silly, and overly conservative. There’s nothing wrong with lamb replacer … nothing. It’s made to be used! Difficulties can occur only when one tries to use COW replacer on a LAMB … that should be avoided. Now … that being said … if you have a ready supply of warm goat’s milk, use that! If you don’t have easy access to a goat … use the powder … it’s the next best thing to MOM! I’d like to know what your friends have against lamb replacer. If they say something like, “Its fat is difficult for newborns to digest,” tell them they’re being silly. Sometimes the fat content in the replacer is a bit higher than Mom’s milk – so lambs might get fat on it over the long haul. Bottomline is that Mom is always best … access to a goat is great … but when you’re in a tight spot (lamb or goat) replacer presents no problem at all. D (Again … warn me when (and if) I come across as being on that ‘high horse.’)

    • Absolutely … you got that right. This little guy also had a sister, born several hours after his arrival. She wasn’t doing well so we took her into the barn, tube fed and bottled her and crossed our fingers. I didn’t mention her because I wasn’t sure she’d be around come morning. I can report that as of 3:30 AM she is still alive and wobbling around on all fours – perhaps she’s here to stay – we’ll see. Strength and fragility is absolutely right. D

    • Yup … and lamb goop too. As I knelt to take a series of images I put my knee down right in the middle of a big puddle of birthing cement, mucus, goop, pudding. Argh! Joanna made me change my pants – can you believe that? Even had to wash my hands before she’d let me sit down to dinner. Sheesh. D

    • You were certainly busy last evening Lemony … your many comments are wonderful. This little guy had a sister too (born several ours after his arrival). She wasn’t doing as well though. Because it was going to rain we took her into the barn, tube fed and bottled her and crossed our fingers. I didn’t mention her in the post because I wasn’t sure she’s be around in the morning. I can report however that as of 3:30 AM she was still alive. She took a bottle and was on her ‘pins.’ Let’s keep our fingers crossed. Lambing season is always full of surprises. D

      • I’m so glad to hear his sister is still alive. I can imagine you must have held your breath when you went to check on her this morning. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that she continues to thrive.

    • Thanks … he had a sister who was born several hours later. She wasn’t doing well and we took her into the barn … tube fed and then bottled her … she’s a bit wobbly this morning but alive and on her feet. I didn’t want to mention her for fear that she would not be around this morning. Lambing season … gotta love it.

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