Spring must be around the corner here with rising temperatures but no green yet. Its hard to imagine that I went skiing at Mission Ridge in a fresh foot of powder only last week! Another sure sign of spring around here is the way Jackie gets restless, pacing back and forth, making frequent trips out to the barn. Sometimes I wonder, was I this anxious also when she was expecting our children?
Jackie takes great joy in raising Shetland Sheep. Last Sunday they were all sheared, as Clint the shearer said he could do the pregnant ones a day before delivery. One of our two expecting ewes gave birth Tuesday night! That was cutting it close. Now everyone is on delivery watch.
I remember last year when we had 3 new lambs. These little creatures are so full of energy for the first few weeks after birth. They jump and sproing everywhere! They seem to have the energy of animals many times their size. Its as if they naturally have a nice long party to dance and celebrate their own birth. Then add more than one, and the entertainment really begins. I think I’ll make a point to take more time out to watch their show this year, because they do settle down after awhile.
Can you help watch?
The former chicken coop webcam has been relocated for awhile in the sheep birthing area. You can view it below, and even move it around some. If you see the fat looking brown ewe, Madison, giving birth or acting strangely, please send us and email: marshall [at] genverters.com or leave a message on the genverters.com hotline: (509) 433-7038 We’d love to have more eyes on this! Click on the image below to see the live view.
[ here is Jackie's announcement]
The lamb is currently blackish with dark brown highlights in the light, and has a pink tongue, so will probably lighten up, as I understand it. But, I’m calling her black for now. Oh, and she has a small white spot on forehead.
She weighed 3lbs, and is friendly already. Ondra likes to name lambs after presidents. Even the girls. So this lamb is RUTHerford B. Hayes, but will be called Hayes. Enjoy the pictures!
Find out more about the sheep in Jackie’s post: Shetland Sheep Can Grow on You
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