Tuesday, February 22, 2011
A Lambing Journal - Day 1
Sami put them in a stall at home all by themselves. When I checked on them at about 2 p.m., the ewe had definitely mothered up - she was calling to the lamb, and the lamb was warm and happy. Unfortunately, Sami found the lamb with a swollen head about 2 hours later. We're not sure if the swelling is from a spider bite or some other sort of trauma. We gave the lamb an anti-inflammatory, and I'll head back out shortly to check on her.
Now that we've started lambing, we'll go through the ewes 2-3 times each day - checking for new lambs and for problems. The ewes are only about 3 miles from home this year, which is great (last year, we lambed in Lincoln - about 15 miles from home). We're most worried about the coming cold weather - the National Weather Service is predicting a chance of snow Thursday night through Saturday in Auburn. We'll monitor the conditions and move the sheep to a more sheltered location if necessary.
I'm planning on updating this "journal" daily as we go through lambing season - stay tuned!
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