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Hanging Out With Ewe…

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We are about a week out from seeing our first lambs arrive.  Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I am feeling.  I think this season is one of my favorites, ranking up there with all major holidays.  😉

Very large Audrad, pregnant with AI babies. Sire is Raftur from Iceland!

This fall we imported semen from Iceland to inseminate some of the ewes with.  I am not sure how successful we were but we definitely had a couple catch, which is very exciting!

Esja checking out the hen.

It was quite funny watching Esja interact with this hen.  She would let the hen pick little pieces of hay off of her and wag her tail the whole time.  🙂

Red heads!

Dugur made sure everyone was behaving themselves and would come and check things out every couple of minutes…

Dugur watching…

I love the pattern of the Silver Laced Wyandotte!  So dainty looking.

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Lukka is another ewe in the AI group.  We are hoping she caught with a Grabotni straw.

Lukka, is she carrying Grabotni babies?
Hen nesting in one of the ewe sheds…

Dyr, the ewe matriarch decided to stick her head in and see what I was up to.

Dyr, the matriarch.
Getting a drink.

Uma is another ewe that looks like she caught with AI.  Yeah!

Dyr (in front) and Uma.

Pretty Sybil was taking a bit of a rest…

Sybil, resting.

Druna is expecting her first lamb this spring.

A one winter ewe, Druna.

Esja, is another hopeful…in the AI category.  She looks as if she could be carrying Bogi babies!

A bit of a belly on Esja.

The rain started up so these two took shelter and I took that as my cue to head back to the house!

Hiding out~ Drifa and Alita.
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Eking Closer

Our weather here has been very spring-like indeed, giving us all spring-fever.  With lambing season starting with in three weeks we moved the ewes to the pen where they will be lambing this year.  It is the first year that we won’t be using the barn and doing pasture-lambing.  Mark was able to move the sheds to their pasture while I filled them up with fresh straw.  The sheds are situated so I can see them from the kitchen and bedroom windows.  It is only a hop skip and a jump away from the house making night-time checks much more bearable.  And best of all?  We have power out there!!  Woohoo!!  Up at the barn we never did have the power turned on so any night-time lambings were done by the light of a headlamp.  :0)

Violet peeking over Basil.
Grizzle looking large and she hasn’t even started to bag up.
Dugur trying out the straw in one of the sheds.
Fiona is looking quite large too and she isn’t due until the end of April.
The ewes all lined up at the feeders.
A couple of the ladies.

In the past couple of weeks we have picked up a couple of new bred ewes to add to the flock…

and…

Nist, a spotted moorit mouflon.

I am excited to see the lambs that they produce!

Dante (in the front), one of last year’s ram lambs growing nicely.

Puppy Play~

It has been a very fun week getting to know these little puppies.  I was a little nervous about having two puppies at the same time but they seem to keep each other  (all of us, really) entertained.

 

Gunnar and Kletta

 

Raphael has been re-named Gunnar.  The little kids would call him Ralphy instead of  Raphi , which I’m not too sure I care much for.  So they decided to call him Gunnar (which everyone can pronounce!)  😉

 

Gunnar looking in the pasture.
Kletta sitting up big.

 

They are too cute, wrestling around, chewing on each other, zipping here and there!

 

 

A little playing around…
Rough housing!
Crazy dogs!
Gunnar meeting the cow.
Kletta grinning!

Be-ewe-tiful snow…

Watchful Frank
Falling snow…
Calypso and Nadja

Road jam

Glorious snow!  It was wonderful to wake up to a thick blanket of snow.  Don’t you think?

 

Lambs

Again!  😉

Beautiful Bonita!

Lamb wrangler

Cinnamon, a little ewe lamb

Calamity, all snuggled in…

Dynna, smiling…

Not a lamb, but awfully cute. Baby Hope.

Lambs in the feeder

Depla saying hi!

Closer to spring!

It has officially hit here!  Spring fever and cabin fever, especially since this winter has been so pathetic.  The spring-like weather doesn’t help any either. It all  just has me impatiently waiting for the best time of the year…

Bruno smiling!

Lambing Season!

Baby Zayne with the babies…

It just makes us all so happy!

Dalla in the snow.

Two badgerface lambs snuggled in.

Calypso~the first black grey ewe lamb to grace our farm.:)

Smiling Charlie!

Dugur giving some lamb loves!

Druna, hiding in the grass…

Draumur just days old.

Too bad lambing season is still 7 weeks away.  😦    I think I will have to post a weekly tribute of my favorite lamb pictures until lambs start arriving.  That will hopefully hold me over until then. ;0)

Straw Break

Similar to a coffee break?  Silly girls decided it might be fun to snack on the straw bale…

Dalla and Delilah’s  innocent faces?

Don’t let the sweet innocent faces fool you!

Digging in!

Yep, that’s more like it.

Eyja

Eyja, her head completely buried in it…

Louise

“Don’t mind me.” says Louise.

Drizzle and Drifa pigging out.

Now if I actually fed this too them, they would roll their eyes at me and snootily walk away.

Three greys helping themselves.

Grizzle,  Violet and Calypso ~ three black grey Icelandic ewes pigging out on the straw.

Just a bit of straw on your face Ms. Calamity.
Delilah and Dalla

Definitely not innocent!