But the weekend before IAGARB, we had a few wooly surprises. I gathered the 20 February lambs in a catch pen area to get their 60 day weight and all the sudden I heard a tiny newborn bleat above all the lamb noise and commotion. Of course my “what the heck is that” antenna went up. Was it kids from the prego goats in the big barn over 30 feet away? Couldn’t be. I’d never hear that over the ruckus coming from the lambs. Long story short, we have a group of five yearling ewes that were going to be put into the breeding group this fall. I looked in their stall and sure enough a little black ewe lamb was in the middle of the stall. Two days later twin black ewes were born, the following week a white ram lamb, and then last week a white ewe lamb. Four of the five girls lambed and this was very unexpected (on our part). But now the few oddities that occurred this last month or so make sense (ewes getting fat, wool not as I expected, laying around a lot….DUH). How you ask? Escaped ram clearing the fence? Fenceline breeding? No, just little ole ram lamb who we let hang out with the ewes for a few months. We quickly put him in with the girls one weekend and he just sort of blended in and seemed like “one of the gals”. Well I guess his ram-ness surfaced once the barn lights were out. Lesson learned! It’s a good thing BFL lambs are so cute. This really knocked my whole spring schedule off balance. Oh well, we’ll adjust. Here are a few pics of the new surprise lambs.
Rachel: A good helper (my daughter)
Then yesterday one of our