Piglets and Lambs, Oh My!

The last few days have been crazy! Freya kicked off lambing season on Monday. On Tuesday I ran to the barn expecting the next lamb installment. I didn’t find any, but then I heard a squeaking noise. I got really nervous the barn had been taken over by rats and started looking for the source of the noise. I found it in the pig pen.

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There are nine piglets total, four gilts (young female pigs that have not yet had a litter) and five boars(intact male pigs). There are two runts, but so far they are doing well. They are so cute I want to snuggle them forever.

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At this point they only eat and sleep.

 

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Wednesday there was a lull in the baby birthing until about 10PM when Obara had a single white spotted ewe lamb. Obara is a X bred ewe from Cynthia of Firth of Fifth farm and is a bit bigger than the Shetlands. Her lamb was pounds heavier and has a long tail! Her fleece is very crimpy and she is quite cute. We might retain her for future cross breds.

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Look at her giant legs!

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This morning before my 8am chemistry class (I missed on Tuesday due to the piglets) I was determined to make it to class. When I came outside Freckles had two ewe lambs by her side.

Under the Son Prairie Wind (Windy) was about to go into labor and so was Little Country Crow. I felt horrible leaving for class but Joel was there to watch over everyone. Crow started trying to steal (granny nanny!) Freya’s babies. Joel put her in a jug, and Windy too. While I was in class Freckles had another lamb! Freckles is our smallest sheep and I could not believe she had triplets!

Freckles is a yearling unregistered Shetland, these are her first lambs. The white spotted ones are ewes, the black is a ram. She was bred to White Pine Levi.

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Under the Son Prairie Wind x White Pine Levi- two black ewe lambs(!!!) both with a white krunet
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River Oaks Ginger x Sheltering Pines Bug- our second single so far. She is a very dark moorit color(dark brown for you non-Shetland people), another ewe lamb! I’m already very in love with this one and don’t see myself parting with her.

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Sheltering Pines Champs Elysees and White Pine Levi- two black ram lambs with white krunets.

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8 responses to “Piglets and Lambs, Oh My!

  1. Dies of cuteness!!! I love Obara’s lamb.

  2. What a wonderful bunch of lambs you have this year! I’m trying not to be jealous….

  3. Tee hee:)
    I bet that was expensive!

  4. Hello, I read your blogs regularly. Your story-telling style
    is awesome, keep it up!

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