Tag Archives: lamb

Little poser

On Saturday I stopped to take a photo of one of the lambs in one of the grit bins near to our house;

Lupin's lamb in the grit bin - 16th of April 2011

Lupins lamb in the grit bin - 16th of April 2011

Lupin’s lamb was one of the lambs born on ‘my watch’ and was a tiny little thing, so small in fact that we spent the day waiting for the next to arrive but there is just her; small and prefect.

Flat Lambs Daughter and Six were also on the green near by and so I turned to snap a few piccys of them grazing in the sun:

Flat Lambs Daughter & Six grazing in the sun - 16th April 2011

Flat Lambs Daughter & Six grazing in the sun - 16th April 2011

As soon as Six realised I was taking photos he pricked up his ears and started towards me as if to say “Ohh, photographs of me? Make sure you get my good side” which is very unusual behaviour for him as he has sadly taken on his mothers mistrust of us.

He is such a little bruiser of a lamb, and I was only to happy to oblige:

Take my picture! - 16th April 2011

Take my picture! - 16th April 2011

Lambs

After a few weeks of waiting for lambing to start it finally has and few the last few days they have been arriving thick and fast and the count now stands at two singles and four sets of twins.

Ivy and her newly born twins - 4th March 2011

Ivy and her newly born twins - 4th March 2011

I haven’t had much of a chance to take many photos of them but below are the lambs I am most pleased with as about a month we had to take Cotswold to the vets with a miscarriage and we were very worried we would lose her with toxic shock (she smelt really bad which meant that the infection must have been bad) and didn’t think she would lamb at all this year but she did and they are MASSIVE lambs

Cotswold cleaning up her new born lambs - 3rd March 2011

Cotswold cleaning up her new-born lambs - 3rd March 2011

Getting ready to come home - 3rd March 2011

Getting ready to come home - 3rd March 2011

Spring is on its way…

One of our lambs - March 2010

One of our lambs - March 2010

Today me and mother saw our first lambs of the year. There were three all sat in a heap in the sun whilst two ewes grazed near by.

We still have at least another month before lambing starts but it will be here all too soon

Sunshine and lambs play

Another lovely sunny day today. I had a training course yesterday but am now, apart from a short meeting tomorrow, on a weeks holiday.  

This morning started with another lamb. This time a very big single ram lamb, who got stuck on the way out as he legs weren’t properly forward. It didn’t take long to sort out but mum is not bounding very well with him, he has obviously hurt her on the way out, and then I have made her more sore by putting my hands in and sorting out his legs. Touch-wood she is not seriously hurt but very sore and although she seems to like him she wouldn’t lick him when he was born but just stood looking at him and isn’t too keen on letting him feed either. She was very good when I milked her into a bottle and gave him his first feed that way though;  

  

 After sorting out the new lamb and his mum we sorted out the older ewes and lambs and turned them out to get some grass whilst the sun was out. This evening all but the newest born lambs have been shut in a field with hay and water for the night.  

   

The first two to go out, Maizy and her lamb  

Feeding time; the two ewe eating dinner whose lambs are still to young to go out with everyone else - 7th March 2010

 

Grazing out on the green in the mid-afternoon sun - 7th March 2010

 

Spring does feel like it has arrived this week, and everything is waking up. During the night I heard an owl out on the green and this morning I could hear a woodpecker and pheasants whilst I was sat quietly waiting for the ewe (Sophie) to make some effort to talk to her lamb. Yesterday we went to visit a friend and the whole of the green outside his house has been turned over by wild boar coming out of the woods in search of food.  

On Friday I started off the first of this years seeds. It was a ‘flower’ sowing day according to my moonplanting newsletter so I started off a mushroom kit and some Raab 60 Day, I also thought about sowing some cauliflower but didn’t in the end as I couldn’t make up my mind how many would be a good idea. I potted the everbearing strawberry plants that I got last autumn into a window box with lots of well rotten manure and moved it to a more sheltered spot in the garden.  

This afternoon we also took a trailer load of manure up to the allotment and some old fleece. The fleece has been put down as a mulch and then the manure (mostly not very well rotten straw from the babies houses). Some of the manure that is from a pile of manure that has been stood for a couple of years, and we grow courgettes there a few years ago.  

It is full of worms, and also little white ‘baby worms’ that I am not sure what they are. I have googled worm photos and not seen anything like them but I sort of remember hearing that they are not worms but something else that doesn’t do any harm, does anyone else know what they might be? 

Worms; the white ones I am talking about are the bits that look a little like sprouted bean shoots - 7th March 2010

Lymes Disease

To start with I have a couple of corrections to make, firstly, Flat Lamb who up until this year has always  had twins (apart from the first year she lambed when she had a single black ram lamb, if I’m going to be completely correct) this year had a white ewe lamb and a black ram lamb, this year had a two ram lambs. Not one of each like I said before.

Secondly, when I said we now had a nice little herd of four badger faced ewe lambs, I meant we had a nice little herd of badger faced ewes which it would appear actually included the two badger faced ewes that we already had but still a nice little herd all the same.

On Sunday Flat Lambs white lamb was very stiff and was walking around like he had wet he’s knickers. We couldn’t find any obviously wrong with him so he was bought in and given a dose of anti-biotics to see if he was better in the morning, he wasn’t so me and mother took him to the vets who checked him over and found a little tick that we had missed.

I haven’t seem a sheep tick since I was very young but they carry Lymes disease and ‘inject’ poison both of which could be caursing the stiffness, such a simple little thing that we didn’t even think of. The lamb is now home living in the living room, we gave up on carpets many years ago, as he can’t bend down to drink from his mother and is on a course of anti-biotic.

Sheep up-date

Lambs sunbathing on an old bonfire patch

Lambs sunbathing on an old bonfire patch

We have 18 lambs now, including 4 badger faced ewe lambs and some black ewe lambs as well.

Cobweb had triplets again but they were possibly premature, one was still born and another one just faded away after it was born. Her remaining one is doing well though.

pict0125Maizie had a giant lamb, it was so big it had to be delivered one foot at a time as they were too big to come out together. After it was born Maizie just stood there with a look of shock on her face, even when I got home from work you could tell she was still sore. Her lamb is as big as our three week old lambs and had to kneel down for it’s first ever feed it’s that big but she is doing well with it.

There is still no news from the police, they are waiting for trading standards to carry out a post-mortem and ‘confirm the cause of death’, like it’s not clear. Trading standard phoned on Wednesday to say that they’re still awaiting the results, as it’s Good Friday now we’re not going to hear anything at all until at least Tuesday, two weeks to the day after it happened.

Both the local papers have run stories about it:

page3

From The Forester and The Review carried this story.

In like a lamb

This weekend has been trying, but pleasant. It’s amazing how much more energy and how less tired I feel now I finally know what is happening at work. I woke up on Saturday and couldn’t wait to get out of bed and started on my weekend, I haven’t woke up and not felt tired for I didn’t know how long. It happened again on Sunday, even though I’d been out until after midnight at one of Rhys gigs. It was a completely different story when I woke up this morning and thought about going to work, I couldn’t think of anything better than to be able to stay in bed for a few more hours.

The most trying part of the weekend has been the broken vehicles, first my mothers van broke down on Wednesday night and then my van on Saturday morning so now we are all relaying on my brother to drive us round in his ‘pride-and-joy’ of a car and fit in fixing both our vans at the same time. And what’s wrong with them isn’t small, so I gather, but I don’t pretend for a moment to understand what is wrong with either of them; I have a brother who is very good at understanding these things for me after all.

Whisper had twins on Saturday morning, all by herself and without any help but she hasn’t bounded brilliantly with them and doesn’t have enough milk either so they are having bottles and hopefully her milk will come. Luckily we had some cholosterum saved from the goats in the freezer. Ewnice had a single Sunday evening, again all on her own without a problem, I found her when we went to bring in the ewes and lambs that had been let out to enjoy the sun, she wasn’t best happy that she had to come in with everyone and certainly wasn’t going to share the shelter in the polytunnel with  anyone other than Whisper who was already there, we learnt the hard way the year before last about shutting ewes and lambing into the polytunnel when they just ate or walked their way out of the new skin, so now they are just left with a pen for shelter in there or they can come out and sleep in the garden. This morning we had a lovely badger-face girl born, and Mophead’s sister very sadly had a massive (and I mean massive, and I’m use to big lambs) stillborn lamb but only after about an hour of me and mother trying to pull it out while the vet was on another call and then at least half an hour of the vet trying after she arrived. I think this is our first ever stillborn lamb, which is sad but considering we have over twenty ewes and have kept sheep for over five years now isn’t at all bad but still a very sad milestone to reach. Needless to say she is very sore and up set but has had antibiotics so touch wood should be fine. She knows what has happened and didn’t even look round to see the lamb when it was born and only called when we bought her in for the other sheep until she managed to let herself back out with them which is where we’ve left her as that is were she seems ‘happy.’ Flatlamb lambed this afternoon while I was at work, one of each. A black boy and a white girl, one was born with one of its front legs back but that was all the help she needed.

Other than that I have spent time in the garden this weekend, me and Rhys have planted all the Mimi potato and I sowed some spring onions and generally pottered. We hopefully have two allotments which will be ready in a couple of weeks so I wasn’t really sure what I should be doing in the garden at home. So long as we get the allotments, and I don’t want to put all my eggs in that basket until the field has been ploughed and we have our plots pegged out, it will be best to grow things like salad, etc at home and everything else on the allotment but I don’t want to fill all the space just incase…

I have finally named my kid; he is Hakim which means wise. I picked out a few other names but as he is already beautiful and strong then this one seemed to fit best, he’s already proven on more than one occasion that he isn’t the brightest ever (but very male) so his new name should help him. At the moment he is on a course of antibiotics and hasn’t been able to walk very well because of probable ‘joint-ill’ which is something lambs and goat kids get through their ‘cord’ before it is treated, which is why it’s very important to get it done as soon after they’re born as possible. I’m sure it doesn’t help that when he has a wee he then lays down in it to have a sleep (he’s still in the kitchen by the Rayburn) so often has a wet tummy from it (idiot.) He is recovering nicely and up and about well now. He’s still very greedy and is getting noticeable heaver very quickly.    

I started making some more mustard, I thought I’d try making some with some red wine vinegar instead of white wine to see what it turns out like. So far all is going well but it is still too soon to tell if it is any good.

My Silver Dorking hen is laying an egg everyday now, and my middle-sisters call ducks have started laying. I’ve bought a new incubator, not that I need a new incubator it was one of these things that I couldn’t believe how cheap it was going to be on ebay and talked myself into needing it, we’re both looking forward to it coming and hatching some eggs in it.

A few seconds of calm

pict0042

I’m both emotionally and physically wrung out, life at work is far from pleasant and I’m spending my time from waking up each morning counting down the time until I can leave and go… to another job. I’m working three different jobs at the moment, it’s interesting though. And I am enjoying two of them, if only I wasn’t so tired and drained from the third. Yesterday I had a ‘funny turn’ and just blacked out for a while, I’m not the only member of staff having a hard time which I think makes it easier. At least I have support and without that I know I would be having a much harder time.

Work isn’t the only thing dragging me at the moment, this years lambing is the worst lambing we’ve ever had, it all started off fine with Lily and then the next morning Mophead had a nice sized single without a problem on her own. Both ewes were kept in with their lambs, neither of them a proved of this, especially Lily after we bought Mophead in. The long and the short of it is they both got into a sack of chicken feed, ate more them half of it between the two of them, got very ill and died. It wasn’t a nice few days with trips to and from the vets with different jabs and drenches to try. Lily Lamb was one of our original flock, all of who were bottle feed, with their own story of how we got them and special place. Mophead was kept after her mother died, she was our first Cotswold ewe who had been hand reared by the local special needs school until it closed down, she was a people sheep and if she didn’t like something that was going on, like a lose dog or too many flies, she was be at the garden gate standing in the way and stamping her feet until something was done about.

pict0067We’ve also had problems with the lambs and goat kids, who are all living in the kitchen at the moment (much to the older goat kids disgust, who aren’t going to sleep on the floor with sheep, what do we think they are?), one of the goat kids went down with bloat and had to be rushed to the vets and kept over night and the next day one of the lambs went down with it too, another trip to the vets all of two hours after collecting the goat kid. Touch wood, everyone seems fine now.

pict0062

Ivy and her lambs, the black one is there if you look closely!

Lambing hasn’t all gone badly though, Ivy has produced our very first black ewe lamb, most years we’ve had a couple of black ram lambs but never a little girl before. All three of them, she had a white female too, are doing fine. Since then it has been very slow on the lambing front, all of the ewes are looking big, a few of them even look massive but no more so far.

pict0071

Keris and her kid

 

There has been other good news too, Keris kidded for the first time. A single boy, who is very cute and already has the Anglo Nubian voice. I started milking on Wednesday after taking him away on Tuesday night and Keris has been so good at standing for milking. Today mother took him to be disbudded while I was at work. I still haven’t decided on a name, even though he is now a week old. He says something “Hu” to me, and maybe Greek, or maybe… I don’t know. Last year Felix asked to be named Felix, I looked at him and that was his name but this kid isn’t giving me so many cues. He is a love silver-grey colour, and very greedy too.    

The Silver Dorking has started laying again, actually we’re getting a lot of eggs at the moment considering most of our hens are older. I think later on in the year we might well get some more ex-chicken farm ones. We only have two left from the last ones we got a couple of years ago, and they still lay, the others were got by a fox. Also my new quail have started laying, I’m getting about six eggs a day now. This year I’d like to get them a shed so as they don’t have to come back into the house during the inter to keep them laying, I just need to work out how to afford it. Sheds are a little bit like gold dust on freecycle, so I think I’m going to have to buy one. I’m also going to build up my laying birds so as I have enough eggs each day to start doing something meaningful with them.  

It’s so very almost still light enough to do things when I get home from work now, not long now and I will be able to come home and spend so time on the garden, at the moment the only day I’m getting off is Sunday and there is so much to do before I’m back to work the next morning. Last weekend I did get to spend so time on the garden, I’ve manured the bed that I’m planning on using for beans and put in some more garlic, I just have one last bulb to plant now which I didn’t get to as it tipped it down with rain before I managed to get it in. There is a lot of garlic planted now, I missed quite a lot last year so the bed that I used is now full of garlic again, and it seems a shame to dig it up now so it might as well stay in place, and I planted another bed of garlic before this bed started coming through. My moon peas have been harden off too so they are ready to plant when I get chance.

Each day just has to be taken as it comes at the moment, I’m trying to remember to tell myself “today will be a good day and whatever happens is for my greater good” each morning when I wake up and I think it is helping.