Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Lambs

For the most part we allow our ram and our ewes to run together year round. Sheep cycles run with the seasons, like rut with deer. The ewes begin to cycle when the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Gestation is about 147 days. All that figures together to give us lambs around January of February.

Imagine our surprise when we noticed a few weeks ago that Maggie looked very close to lambing. We put her in the nursery pen and waited. Every morning Lydia goes out and checks for lambs. Last night Tim thought he heard Maggie during the night. This morning Lydia went out to check and didn't come back. Nolan went out to see what was going on. A few minutes later he ran back into the house yelling, "She had her lambs!" Then he was right back out the door. She had two little rams.

Checking the gestation chart, shows that she must have been bred in late May or early June. She had lambs still nursing then that had been born in January. I can only assume that our cool, wet spring must have caused her to cycle early. The other ewe that would have been breeding age at that time does not appear to be close to lambing though. Strange.


  1. Congratulations on the new arrivals!

  2. Nice picture of me early in the morning. I look like a real hillbilly...

  3. OH WOW!!! How exciting!!! Will you have to do anything special for them when winter hits?

  4. Tim,
    are you saying you aren't?

    I'm not sure. We may need to sheer Maggie to keep her in the shelter more for the little ones. We are playing fall lambs by ear.

  5. Found both dead this AM. Can not figure what went wrong. So frustrating!

  6. How very sad! It was not to be... Such a surprise ending so poorly.