Jonquil surprised us and had lambs sometime during the night!
We went out to give Infiniti her shots and checked on Jonquil and it looked like she had another day or two…
Much to my surprise and delight, I found lambs when I went out to feed this morning.
Proud mama is Mud Ranch’s Jonquil and the sire is Kenleigh’s Lancelot.
Here is Quicksilver, a ram lamb. His name means ‘tending to change rapidly or unpredictably’, much like his mom did 🙂
He is a flashy guy!
His sister is oh so feminine. Her name is Theodora and means ‘God’s gift’. After the rough start we had to lambing season, both of these lambs are a gift from God.
Love her little nose…
and the white in her ear…
and her fleece that looks very promising!
So good to have lambs to snuggle.
Coming up with a naming theme for this year’s lambs has taken longer than normal. I have had a couple ideas, but a few didn’t have enough boy names or girl names. With 34 ewes due to lamb, the list needs to be lengthy with plenty for the boys and girls. My mom and dad gave me a great book for my birthday earlier this year and it has a whole bunch of themes. As I was looking through the book, the names in one of the themes really caught my attention. Here are some examples – Ballyhoo, Moxie, Dapperling, Brouhaha, Casanova, Zesty, and Felice. Very fun 🙂 I didn’t really understand the name of the theme though. They called it ‘personality’, some of the names fit but not all. While I was at my parents’ over the weekend, I was sharing some of the names with them and my dad said ‘Esprit de corps’ and I probably had a very perplexed look on my face 😉 We then looked up the term in the dictionary and it is french for ‘group spirit’. The full definition is – a feeling of pride in belonging to a group and a sense of identification with it. So our theme this year is ‘Esprit de corps’ or Group Spirit.
As much as I like the group of names, there are a few that will not be used…Bonkers, Boomerang, and Gigolo – ha ha!
I am looking forward to the arrival of lambs and now feel a little more prepared.
Shearing is this Saturday and lambing is only 4 weeks away!
I have decided to change the naming theme for this year’s lambs. There are several reasons for the change, but it all started with the lack of inspiration I was feeling with the previous theme. A couple things happened today that pointed me in this new direction. The most important being that Queenie had her lamb!
She had a ewe lamb. A ewe lamb that needed a name similar to her mother’s, Queenie, and grandmother’s, Princess. I watched a King Arthur movie this afternoon and then I read Mud Ranch’s blog about Castles today – see the theme? So, the naming theme for this year is going to be Medieval names…
and this girl’s name is going to be Duchess.
Queenie looked like she was getting close this morning, so I decided to check on her and do the afternoon feeding before I headed into town to pick-up my son from school. She looked closer, but not imminent. I continued feeding and was headed out of the barn when I saw her laying down. I did a double check and saw that her water bag was hanging out! Wow, a lot closer to lambing then I thought! ‘Good timing Queenie, I have to leave right NOW!!!’ I was concerned about leaving because she is a first time mom and I would be gone an hour. I didn’t really have a choice, so I told her to check in with the older girls if she had any problems and rely on her instincts.
She did a fantastic job. The lamb was cleaned up and nursing when we got home.
I moved them to a small pen and gave mama some hay and dipped the lamb’s umbilical cord.
The rest of the ewes were very interested in what was going on…
and poor Holly was really wishing it was her lamb! Soon Holly, soon…
Somehow overnight, my sheep went from looking kind of pregnant to looking VERY pregnant! Which made me realize that lambing is going to be here very soon. The first due date is January 24th, but with how time is flying these days it might as well be next week 🙂
Poor Marloe always looks pregnant. She tends to have big lambs.
Amber, on the other hand, keeps her girly figure all through pregnancy. She usually twins, but barely looks pregnant.
Ellie is one I will be keeping my eye on. She is pretty big for not being due until February 4th.
She is already swaying to and fro!
Time to order supplies and get prepared.
Smudge was born a couple days ago, but he was just too special to lump in with the rest of the lambs yesterday.
No, he isn’t registerable and yes, he has WAY to much black on his body, but I love the smile on his face. He had a sister, but she was born dead. I’m not sure what happened and I hate it when that happens, but I feel very fortunate that her brother was ok.
He made quite the impression out in the pasture today and Liberty wasn’t sure what to think of him.
At one point, he got a little lost and was sure Magoo was his mama.
Luckily his mom came to the rescue and I’m sure Magoo was relieved that he wasn’t going to have babysitting duties for long term.
I ran across the name – Smudge – when I was doing some fiber research the other day and I knew that I would know the lamb it belonged to as soon as they were born. Poor guy – all of his spots were smeared together! His cute face makes up for it and look at all of that black fiber 🙂