Me me me me, please pick me, really I could use some 😉 Contrary to popular belief, I do sleep and I like my slumber time. Unfortunately, I haven’t slept a lot the last two nights and it is starting to catch up! I spent all week working on various projects to take with me to the Spin-in located in Newport yesterday. I stayed up WAY to late Friday night packing and pricing everything and had to get up WAY to early to get there in time. I shared a booth with my sister and my friend Karen.
We had a great time and it was nice to sit back and chat.
I didn’t think any of the ewes were close to lambing, so I was looking forward to sleeping through the night – silly me! I checked at 10:45 and Dusty was in the beginning stages of labor and when I checked back at 11:15 she was in full labor. She had a very pretty ewe lamb and I thought that would be it, but she was acting funny. Not long after, a very little boy slid out. When I say slid out, that is exactly what he did – no pushing from her. He was only 3.5 lbs. All of our other lambs have ranged from 7 to 10 lbs. I stayed in the barn for quite a while to make sure he could stand and nurse also to watch the girl because she aspirated some birth fluid and was really raspy. I tried expelling it, but I didn’t get all of it out. The poor thing would nurse and then cough and just give up. I chose to leave them alone for a little while because there really wasn’t a lot I could do for them. I managed to get 4 hours of sleep before needing to check on them again. I was happy to find that they were both still alive, but the girl still sounded terrible and I didn’t think the boy was really getting enough to eat. I was afraid that he was going to become a bottle lamb. I brought him in mid-day and syringed some colostrum in him. At 4:30 he drank 2 oz. from a bottle – a very good sign. I decided to take him back out to his mom and supplement with a bottle. I was relieved to see him nurse from his mom when I put him in the pen. The little girl sounds much better this afternoon. I am so happy!!! We have been very blessed with lambing this year! We have 10 more lambs since my last post and are down to just 4 more ewes to lamb. I am definitely looking forward to staying in bed all night. Stay tuned for running, romping, playing black and white lambs in a post very soon!
Oh wow! A Spin-in! I am soooo envious! I want to go to a spin-in!! Grumble…
I can’t wait to see pictures of your lambs. The little one sounds like a sweet one, even though he’s tiny. I’m glad the little girl is doing better. Keep us updated! And get some sleep!
Very nice booth Shannon. Your packaging is really eye catching, so well done! I would love to just sit in there and check out all your loot, very appealing! 😀
Congrats on all the little lambs. Glad that the little guy made it just fine. Looking forward to seeing pics of everybody!
I didn’t realize there was a spinning group so close! Do they have a mailing list? Is this through the knitting shop there in Toledo?
This event looks like fun ! I hope it was profitable for you also! There you sheep people are, inside and away from home during lambing…who plans these events? Just kidding ( no, lambing )
Wish I lived closer to some Jacob sheep people, this is where blog land is nice! The lambs are so cute and glad they are healthy.
I have all singles thus far, 4 ewes and a ram lamb, but all are big too!