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Very Cute Lambs



Audrad’s, Raftur babies, Eva and Espen
Beautiful Erna! Black grey mouflon, ewe lamb.
Elki snoozing…
Don’t tell!
Hello, handsome!
Who does he think he is?
Hiding out!
I love Echo’s coloring!
Echo, Elja and Elki
I love the colors here on mama Eyja, and white baby, Elgin and black mouflon, Erna.
Erbert flehming…
Frank keeping a close eye on Elgur.
Snuggled up…
Jumping for joy! (I still need a name!)
Ellis, soaking up some sun.
Little Etta, she was born this morning.
Elki, getting a bit of a snack.
Handsome Edur!
Whole passel of boys!
Espen, hanging out in the feeder. My AI’ed Raftur ram lamb.
Happy Erpir!

Lambing has been uneventful lately.  Definitely not complaining there.  They can just continue with what they’re doing, healthy lambs, unassisted  which would be wonderful.  We are almost half way finished up and our count is 21 ram lambs and 8 ewe lambs.  I am praying that things switch up a bit with this next half.


Ups and downs of lambing

So the up part to this story…  🙂 is that Drifa, my AI Hvellur daughter was showing signs that she was starting to labor.  The down side?  She was a week overdue, looking huge and wasn’t making any progress laboring.


The other down was that my husband had just left to go out of town on business.  So this left Sawyer and I to try to sort things out.  When Sawyer checked Drifa, he could only find the head presenting without any legs so he ended up finally pulling both legs up to their proper position and then started to try to pull the lamb out…nothing happened, it wouldn’t budge.  We ran through a million different scenario’s and re-positioning the lamb.  Sawyer could feel the rams head and horn buds and could feel them getting caught up on the pelvis.   He said that the baby was too big and  he wasn’t  going anywhere.

I made a frantic call to my husband who made a call to the vet, to find she was out of town for the weekend.  We put a call into the mobile vet, but didn’t hear anything back from him until the next day.  :{  Finally my husband was able to get a hold of a guy he knew who had sheep and would come over and give us a hand.  I felt so relieved!  After he showed up and worked on poor Drifa for about 15 minutes he made the same statement as Sawyer…the lamb wasn’t going to fit.  Thankfully he had connections to the horse vet, whom will work on sheep if he was on call (but wasn’t that night).   Thanks be to our Heavenly Father for people with connections!  With in the next hour we were loaded up, in the back of our van,  distressed, pregnant ewe, Sawyer in the back holding her down,  three kids in car seats (normally we could have left them with the older girls but all 4 older kids, except Sawyer went with their dad.)  By this time Drifa had been in labor for about several hours, I thought the lamb would be done for.

The C-section was very interesting to watch.  A vet. student did the whole thing under the supervision of the vet she had just a couple of months left until she graduated from college.  She was too sweet and was very stoked to be doing the C-section and to be performing it on a ewe.  Drifa was a great patient and they actually had to go back and make the incision longer because the lamb would not fit out of it.  Once they were able to pull it out they handed him to me.  I started to rub him briskly and felt him jerk.  I swung him by his hind legs to help drain the mucous out of his nose and mouth, he shook again but wasn’t real lively and only breathing occasionally.  I blew air into his mouth and remembered I had put a bulb syringe in my coat pocket,  so I quickly grabbed it and started suck the mucous out of his throat and nose… at this time the vet looks at me a smiles and looks at me with a laugh and states…’You come prepared!”  I laughed and felt a bit embarrassed, but hey it saved the lamb, right?

The vet student with the big boy…

Once they had Drifa all stitched back up, I took the big boy over to his mama and she immediately started to lick him.  The vet and the student were very impressed, first time mama, extremely stressful situation and Drifa is mothering up.  During surgery they zip-tied her feet together, so we kept them on for the ride back home and Sawyer would attach the lamb to the mama’s teats so he could nurse.  When we arrived home and undid her zip-ties, Drifa was unsure if she wanted to lick him or head butt him.  She would lick for a while and then he would try to nurse and she would put him right down.  So I ended up hold the Drifa in the corner and attaching the lamb several times to make sure he had a full belly.  At this time it was after midnight, the kids were crying and starved and we had been Shepherding this ewe for over 9 hours and we were all bushed.  So we ended up driving up town to pick up something to eat and coming back home were I got kids ready for bed and Sawyer helped the big boy to nurse one more time and giving him some Lamb Rescue Supplement.  So, with everyone having full bellies, we all turned in and awoke very early to check on the patients.

The boy, himself!

He ended up weighing 9 pounds, while the typical lamb size should be about 6 to 8 pounds!  He has the softest fleece I have ever felt on a lamb and I love his pattern, a black grey badgerface.

Drifa’s owie!

I ended up needing to hold Drifa again in the morning so that he could eat.  We ended up taking a couple of turns throughout the morning holding Drifa and getting baby to eat.

Another glimpse at this handsome boy.
Look at these horn buds!

The combination of Drifa being a week late with a ram lamb with huge horn buds and only being  yearling didn’t make for a great combination.  I am so happy to have this behind us and that both mama and baby are doing so much better already.  And I am happy to report that mama has completely accepted this big boy as her own.  No more head-butting and he nurses when ever he wants.  Yeah!

Sawyer and the lamb.

I am so proud of how well Sawyer maintained his calm and did a wonderful job in trying to get the situation figured out and was so helpful!

Two days later and going strong.

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

While waiting for Lambs…

Another beautiful day yesterday.  Took these shots while checking ewes.  Hope you enjoy…

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…


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.

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?


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, her head completely buried in it…


“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!