Lets go over what happened Thursday morning…
Joel and I wake up and run out to the sheep…we see Freckles licking two beautiful babies , Crow chasing down Freya’s babies and trying to convince them they are hers, and Windy in the early stages of labor. Crow had wetness and blood on her legs so I figured her water had broken and that her babies would come at any time.
Joel jugged Windy and Crow and I went to class. Joel texted me about two hours later and said Freckles had had another baby!
Crow was in the jug all of yesterday and I didn’t see her straining or acting at all like she was going into labor. I checked her today and she was obviously no longer pregnant, obviously had given birth, and her milk was flowing. Then we realized what had happened!
Crow, a first time mom had given birth to twins, Freckles who was about to give birth stole them, and then Crow decided to try to steal Freya’s babies! What a mess! We tried to give Crow back her babies but she wanted nothing to do with them, and they were very upset being away from Freckles.
Freckles isn’t producing enough milk for three so I am supplementing the smallest two. The down side is that feeding them is a lot of work. The upside is that it should make them quite friendly.
Here is a picture of Crow’s babies sire, Little Country Beetlejuice, he is owned and bred by Juliann Budd.
And here are his lambs Little Country Crow x Little County Beetlejuice. You can really see the resemblance! You can see the thief and her single ram lamb in the background!
I feel kinda stupid for not realizing what was going on earlier! But so much was going on at one time! Of course no one lambed today…and probably five more will lamb tomorrow…
Lambing is hard work, but so worth it! Now to go feed my little lambs a supplemental bottle and curse Freckles and her thieving ways!