Chronicles of a yarn farmer, shepherdess, and fiber geek!

Chronicles of a yarn farmer, shepherdess, and fiber geek!

March 6, 2011

More Lambs in Stalls

Since my last post lambs have been added to the roster, seven of those were this week.  All lambs are vibrant, full of spunk, and oh so cute.
Twin Lincoln ram lambs born 2/12/11. Growing like weeds!

First two BFLs born 2/3/11. Growth spurts galore!

BFL ewe lamb born 2/15/11. Petite and pretty!
 Then one of our ewes had difficult birth (minor prolapse) and the lamb was cold shortly after he hit the ground. After being taken away and warmed out, the ewe didn't want him and everything we tried didn't change her mind. So we have our first (and only so far) orphan lamb.
Orphan lamb, Lancelot has a small area set up in the creep area.

The other lambs can congregate near Lancelot's stall.
 Then our first BFL/Lincoln cross lambs (our Blincolns)were born. We're pretty excited because it's the first time we crossed the two breeds. After talking to some people about using our BFL ram on our Lincoln ewe, it's apparent that some think it's a waste of a breeding season to cross. Being the inquisitive soul that I am, I wanted to see what the cross would produce. The one thing I noticed right away was how the lambs got up and started nursing in no time. I mean no time! I'm also excited to see what the wool will look like when it starts growing. Right now they have BFL looking wool, sort of BFL ears although the ears set differently then the BFL.
Ewe and ram BFL/Lincoln cross bred lambs. I like them.

Our boy Blincoln.
A few hours after the Blincolns were born our very large BFL ewe delivered three beautiful natural color BFLs (two 11 pounders and one 12 pounder). They are all nursing well and growing already.

Gretta and her triplets.
And then yesterday one of our ewes who I thought would have a single delivered a set of twin ram lambs. I don't know where those lambs hide in-utero  I don't have a pic of them yet.

All of the BFL lambs were sired by our newest ram, Clyde, who came from Pitchfork Ranch.

Numbers so far: BFLs = 3 ewes, 6 rams. Lincolns = 1 ewe, 3 rams. Blincoln = 1 ewe, 1 ram.

3 comments:

Somerhill said...

Thanks for the pictures to enjoy. I still have about 10 days to wait.

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Love the lamb pics! I can't wait to see how those Blincolns turn out. What a great mix for fiber lovers everywhere!

Kim MacKenzie said...

The lambs are so beautiful! All of them.