Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Lambing Journal - Day 16

The estrus cycle of sheep is 17 days, which means we've just about reached the end of the lambs that were conceived in the first cycle of our breeding season.  As a result, we've seen fewer lambs born the last several days - just one new lamb so far today.  There are still about 50 ewes left to lamb, so we'll start seeing more new arrivals in the next 3-4 days, I expect.

We moved the ewes onto a larger paddock this afternoon - it's about 6-7 acres on a hillside.  The lambs loved having the extra space.  We'll move them again on Friday.

Sami and the girls are taking care of 4 bottle lambs at the moment - two from sets of triplets, and two that were abandoned by their mothers.  Here's a video of Sami getting the newest bottle lamb to take a bottle (which is not always easy).

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