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!