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Sybil’s Lambs…

The moment we have all been waiting for at Dancing Aspens Farm has finally arrived!  Last night at my midnight check, I found Sybil doing the get up, lay-down, get up, lay-down routine.  When I snuck around behind her there was a … bubble (of amniotic fluid) coming out!  With in a half hour she had her first lamb out and was trying to get him cleaned up…

This little cutie made his appearance first.  He is a horned black grey ram lamb.  He was full of vigor and in no time was up and looking for something to eat.

Then Sybil while trying to get her first lamb cleaned up and dried off starting working on number 2!  I was a bit surprised to see that she was twinning as she really didn’t look hugely pregnant.  Sybil pushed and pushed and finally two hooves appeared.   I kept waiting for the nose and couldn’t see all too well at 1 a.m. (even though the moon was full and bright!)  The legs just kept coming and knew I needed to jug her.  So after grabbing the first baby and leading Sybil with her lamb to the jug, I gave Mark a quick wake-up call to see if he would come hold her while I pulled.  Poor Mark was dead asleep, but willing agreed to help.  😉  In the meantime, I grabbed a cloth and tried to grab the legs but momma wasn’t cooperating very much.  Finally though I was able to get a good grip on those slimy legs and momma tried whipping around real fast and out flew number 2!

Isn’t he a looker?  He is a black grey ram too but homozygous for the grey pattern with nice horn buds.

I ended up giving him a quick swing to clear his lungs and a couple of breathes to his mouth, but he purred right to life and in no-time was finding his legs too.

Mama giving a cleaning to her lambs.

Looking for something to eat!

Hanging with mom.  It was a very exciting (and cold) night!

Mom is Sybil

Sired by Reykur

Birthing….

As I said before, we have a couple of (very) late babies this year but they were definitely worth waiting for.  Lukka lambed on the 3rd, adding a gorgeous white ewe lamb and a handsome black grey ram lamb to the flock.

Dawn

Dusk

For the brave here are some birth pictures…

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More Babies?!

What happens when a ram gets a hernia?   Well with this ram in particular he became infertile.  We had a handful of ewes that were in with this ram and only 1 became pregnant.  We were a little…ok …a lot late in turning in a back-up ram with the ewes resulting in JULY babies!  Oiy.  But they are cute as buttons!

Dimity

One is a beautiful polled black grey ewe lamb out a first time ewe, Eyja.  She did an excellent job of lambing and claiming her baby right away.  Dimity was up promptly and got busy nursing.

The next ewe to lamb in this late season was Bridle.  In the wee hours of the night she delivered twins and had them both clean and  with full bellies by the time we found them in the morning.

Durango

Durango is a handsome polled moorit spotted ram that possible is grey too.  We’ll see as he grows whether or not he is grey.

Damia

Damia is a beautiful, polled, moorit, spotted ewe that might also be grey.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned~but babies in July isn’t so bad! 😉

Kelda’s Lambs

After noticing Kelda doing some serious contracting and some of our wonderful Montana spring weather brewing, we brought her into a jug to get her out of the blowing snow.  Then after an hour of hardly any contractions we decided to check her and found a lamb presenting correctly with just it legs needing a bit of a pull to make a little more room in the pelvis.  She continued to push the lamb out, dry her off and push out the next.  I think had Kelda been delivering on her own she would have lambed just fine.

Kelda and her lambs.

Kelda’s Lambs:




Diecey:

  • Birth Date: April 15th
  • Weight: 8lbs 11oz
  • Color/Pattern: Black Spotted
  • Unregistrable
  • Ewe Lamb
  • Polled




Domino

  • Birth Date: April 15th
  • Weight: 8lbs 11oz
  • Color/Pattern: Black Spotted
  • Unregistrable
  • Ram Lamb
  • Polled
Sired By:  Caliber

Sybil’s Lambs

Another case of walking up to the barn and finding two dried off lambs ready to go! 🙂

Tori with Drizzle

Sybil’s Lambs:





Drizzle


  • Birth Date: April 10th
  • Weight: 6lbs 3oz
  • Color/Pattern: Black Grey
  • Unregistrable
  • Ewe Lamb
  • Horned
Dusty:

  • Birth Date: April 10th
  • Weight: 8lbs 11oz
  • Color/Pattern: Black Grey
  • Unregistrable
  • Ram Lamb
  • Horned
Sired By:

Esja’s Lambs

Esja

Esja went into labor in the early morning of April 3rd.  Sawyer had went out to feed before we were suppose to be headed to church and found Esja contracting away in a corner of the barn.  Sawyer and I volunteered to stay home while Mark and the rest of the crew hurried off for the morning service.  Esja never formed “bubbles” like other normal delivering ewes do prior to lambing, instead she would contract and just have “leakage”.  After an hour of no progression we moved Esja to a jug and watched a bit longer and then thought it best to check her and see how the lamb was presenting.

I found two legs forward and a muzzle…good!  So I thought the legs might be a bit bound up behind the pelvis so gave a gentle pull to see if they would pop up and out giving the lamb a bit more room to progress.  Good thought, but nothing budged.  So Sawyer tried and nothing.  We knew something was wrong…it just felt wrong, so a call was made to my amazing husband sitting in worship with 7 kids.  Thankfully some friends were able to sit with the kids throughout the remainder of the service while Mark raced back home.

Once home Mark also tried to give a tug and loosen the lamb but to no avail.  So he started feeling around and discovered that two lambs were trying to race out at the same time.  The feet of the first lamb were out with the head of the second.  After quite a bit of repositioning he was able to pull the first out.  He wasn’t breathing.  After some swinging, rubbing and lamb CPR he was revived.  Then he went in for the second, which also didn’t want to go.  More swinging, rubbing and CPR and he roared to life.

After everyone was out and breathing, momma and lambs just laid in their jug for a very long time.  Momma tried licking and cleaning but she was too tired to stand.  The poor little guys after such a difficult entrance into the world wouldn’t stand.

We helped dry the little guys off and then gave them some Nutridrench and finally got momma up to see if we couldn’t get them nursing.  Neither one wanted to suck or stand and were starting to chill.  Finally we thought it just best to tube them to try and get them warm.  The first guy took the feeding well and finally started to try standing and wiggled about, the second however didn’t respond and was still quite cold.  We decided we had better take him to the house and try warming him up.

At the house we put in a plastic garbage bag (to keep his scent on him) and submerged him in warm water…

Grandma warming the lamb

Mark came back down from the barn with a bit more colostrum and tubed him again.  The kids came back from church and were surprised to see a lamb in the house (our first in 4 seasons) and were hopeful the little guy would make it.   He started to get more wiggly and even making little baaaing noises making us all hopeful he would make it.  We all started joking about what this little troublemakers name would be when he went limp and passed peacefully.

One thing is for certain every incident whether it ends happily or as in this case miserly we always glean something from it.  The ordeal will play back again and again in your mind and it leaves you with more experience and ideas to try the next time it happens.

After the passing of the first we were able to put all of our attention on the first.  The first day he ended up being tubed several times until he regained his sucking reflex and then was able to take a bottle.  He wasn’t able to suck from momma for 2 days even though she was ever so patient for him and stood amazingly still while he tried.  Finally on the second day he wouldn’t take his bottle and were a bit worried he was going down hill and then we saw him latch on to momma and go to town!

Dodge

So he acquired the named Dodge because he dodged death!

We figure both Dodge and his brother were hypoxic and suffered from not getting enough oxygen during birth.  The first several days we worried that Dodge might be blind but time has proven that he is definitely not and now acts like all the rest of the lambs in the nursery.

Dodge

Dodge has an incredibly silky fleece and is out of one our most milkiest ewes.

  • Birth Date: April 3rd
  • Birth Weight:  5lbs 3 oz
  • Color/Pattern: Black Grey
  • Registrable
  • Ram Lamb

Sired By: Caliber


Dyr’s Lambs

We could tell that Dyr must be getting close to lambing as she had been dribbling some mucousy discharge all day yesterday.  Then when she didn’t come up with the rest of the soon-to-be mommas for supper that really perked my interest.   We took shifts through the night checking on her every couple of hours.  Then in the pre-dawn hours she started making “bubbles” and we knew birth was imminent.  Then she stopped…stalled…went back to chewing her cud.  My husband checked her real quick but found nothing blocking the birth canal, so we just sat and waited… After two hours had passed without a single contraction I knew something was up so Mark checked her again and found a lamb presenting upside down!   After he slowly manipulated the lamb into the right position we noticed there was meconiuimm in the fluids so Mark decided to pull the baby, I was fearing the worst until he wiggled and flopped and then momma started to get him cleaned up right away…

Steamy ram lamb

A closer look…

Dawson a moorit badgerface ram.

He’s a handsome badgerface covered in Phaeomelanin (a minor pigmentation gene that will eventually fade as the ram gets older).

  • Birth Date: March 23th
  • Weight:
  • Color/Pattern: Moorit Badgerface
  • Unregisterable
  • Ram Lamb

 

Dawson and Dyr

Then Mark pulled his smaller sister since big brother was stressed…

 

Dimma and Dyr...

Dimma is a solid moorit ewe lamb and she was off to a good start!  She filled her tummy several times before big brother got the hang of it.

  • Birth Date: March 23th
  • Weight:
  • Color/Pattern: Moorit Solid
  • Unregistrable
  • Ewe Lamb

Sired by Blackfoot

 

Lamb Count: 5 Ewes and 2 Rams