Lambing started early this year mid February and so far a disappointing number of lambs are male. There is a change of ram coming up with a break now giving me time to catch up. I am half way through and the cold weather that started the lambing has mellowed to above temps with wet ground for the little guys. Lots of shredded hay this year green and high in second cut alfalfa, I am holding off on the grain as they are in good condition. The lambs are able to start picking at this chopped hay and will see how the weather goes as it is hard to keep it dry not like a bale sheds the water.
6 sets of triplets out of 23 ewes lambed so far and 5 are feeding their lambs okay. Will watch them and they are kept separately and fed some barley and pellets. I have only lost 2 lambs so far 1 from a triplet that wanted to come sideways and I broke a leg in a bad place turning it. The other my first real deformity was a weird water filled sack on top of the head. Was the brain inside I don’t know it did not behave normal and both were euthanized. I always marvel that with so many years and number of lambs born, I have seen very little of what the books said might happen.
Lisa is starting to become a valued part of the two dog guard pack. We lost suddenly the two aged dogs and then Millie suddenly had a bad turn and was dead that night probably from a missed porcupine quill. She had never in all her 8 years we had her, touched a porcupine and this was to be her last. She was a mess.
It was interesting to see the dynamics of the two remaining LGD’s start to work together and now they are doing well independent and one is usually hanging out with the sheep while the other patrols.
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