One ewe left to lamb. Walking down to the barn at 5:00 a.m. this morning we heard the last ewe bleating/bellowing. I knew she was lambing (of course she had to wait until the snow storm was in full force) and expected to see at least twins in the lambing stall. We get to her stall and see one ewe lamb almost completely cleaned off. Few minutes later the ewe passed all the afterbirth. I couldn't believe one lamb was it; she was so big. She did seem a bit anxious, but was concentrating quite a bit on the one ewe lamb so we went about our business feeding, cleaning stalls, etc. After about 1 hour and 45 minutes in the barn, we gathered up our stuff to head back into the house. I heard a lamb bleating quite a bit. I heard it occasionally while doing chores but figured it was one of the 20 lambs. But as we were leaving the barn the bleat seemed a bit frantic and coming from a corner of the barn that was used for the horses. Sure enough I peered in the cold, dark stall and saw the little erect head of a lamb and heard him bleatin' like crazy. Turns out that she did twin. This little guy must have been born first, squeezed through the gate, wandered over to the barn aisle, crossed the aisle, meandered through hay bales, pieces of wood, a dismantled cattle shoot to reach the dark corner where he sat. AND he had to be there for two to two and a half hours.
Once we got him back to his mom it took him a while to settle down. She was very glad to see him and now it makes sense why she was so unsettled. More excitement than I'm used to in the morning. I took the day off of work and am going to try to take a long nap and bake some bread!
But first, the numbers: 16 ewe lambs (10 white, 6 natural color) and 5 ram lambs(4 white, 1 natural color). A few 7 pounders but the rest were between 8 and 12 pounds. All doing very well!
Here's the line up:
Ewe: Bonnara - triplets born 2/17/10 (2 ewes, 1 ram)
Ewe: Magpie - twins born 2/18/10 (2 ewes)
Ewe: Edwina - twins born 2/18/10 (1 ewe, 1 nc ram - stillborn)
Ewe: Mereion - triplets born 2/19/10 (2 ewes, 1 ram)
Ewe: Lorna - single born 2/21/10 (ewe)
Ewe: Annadale - quads born 2/21/10 (3 ewes, 1 ram)