My sister left for Portland(where she lives) yesterday and today our first lambs were born. I am bummed Nikita missed getting to see them, but so so excited for lambing to have started. We put our rams in a bit later then we had wanted so for the passed few weeks I’ve been looking at everyone else’s lamb pictures and dying of jealousy waiting for my own.
The first to lamb was Freja. She is named after a Norse fertility goddess. Joel wants to name these two after fertility goddesses as well, but he hasn’t decided on who yet. Both are ewe lambs (!!!) and both are gulmogets. They have a white patch on top of their heads, like their daddy, Whitepine Levi, which I believe is a krunet. They should produce polled offspring. One was 6 lbs and the other was 5.5lbs.
We “jug” our lambs. This means that we put momma and babies in a small area together so they can bond. This prevents any “granny nannies” from stealing babies. What can happen is that pregnant sheep can see a baby and think that it is theirs, then they steal the baby and the baby dies because the theif’s milk hasn’t come in yet. Jugs keep momma and baby together, and I think give momma a space to recover and relax, and give the babies a chance to get a bit stronger, and more steady on their feet before they have to be in “gen pop.” Here are a few wannabe granny nannies outside the jug:)