We are up to 5 ewe lambs and most of the lambings have been uneventful. Tess decided to throw a little twist into the smooth sailing when she tried to steal Dusty’s lambs yesterday afternoon. We have dealt with ewes trying to steal lambs in the past, but not to this extent.
We went to the barn to check on the girls and found Dusty and Tess cleaning a lamb – they were both very close to lambing that morning so it took a little detective work to figure out who it belonged to. Dusty was very hollow in the hip area, so she was determined to be the real mother but Tess was positive it was hers. The other issue was that there was only one lamb. I was sure Dusty was going to have twins.
I scooped the lamb up and moved her and Dusty to a smaller pen – fighting Tess the entire way. She slammed herself through the gate twice trying to get to ‘her’ lamb! During this craziness I heard a small baaing coming from behind/under a feeder. I had my son go check and sure enough there was the other lamb! She must have been hiding from the fighting moms. We reunited her with Dusty and her sister and all was well.
Say ‘hello’ to Unity and Wren.
Tess continued to talk to them for the next 4 hours until she finally had her lamb…
Poor Tess will forever be known as the lamb stealer to my son 🙂