I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks everything always happens at once. Does the phrase, “Never a dull moment” describe anyone elses’ life perfectly?
Today I had an appointment with the state veterinarian at 11 am to complete our annual inspection for the USDA Scrapie Eradication Program. Hannah and I had been outside feeding the critters earlier and then came in for a break for a while. We bundled up (it was 20 degrees colder today than it was yesterday!) and ventured back outside at 10:30. While I brought fresh swimming water to the ducks I saw the vet’s SUV coming up the drive. OK… I had wanted to get the ewes into the barn before he got here … luckily he had some paperwork to finish so I had time to persuade my girls to come to the barn.
I got as far as the gate when I heard it. Little, tiny, adorable lambie baa’s. I was expecting our ewes, Beatrice and Camille, to lamb at any time but I had let them out of the barn for some exercise and fresh grass. Beatrice was on the other side of my garden with 2 still wet lambs! One was standing; the other hadn’t been cleaned off yet. I quickly fetched 2 towels, helped dry off the 2nd lamb and brought mama and babies into the barn. Once I had them together in a lambing jug (or pen), I went to gather the other ewes into the barn.
Our inspection went well and once I had made Hannah lunch I went to check on Beatrice and her twins. The ewe lamb weighed 9.5 lbs and the ram lamb weighed 8.75 lbs. I made sure the both knew where to nurse and headed back to Hannah in the house.