north florida - wild florida - lambing season begins

By: marsHen , 1:23 PM GMT on December 01, 2012

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06:40, 49F, clear. waning gibbous moon setting over the sheep barn. dixie at front door. young dogs out. roosters up. crows flying.
07:50, 54F, sunny. 1st lamb of the season born to tuffy, a middle-aged ewe! she had a little brown ewe lamb out in the pasture while I was taking the young dogs inside. brought mom and lamb into the lamb pen. tuffy is eating hay. lamb is learning where the nourishment is. thanks be to God for the new lamb and the safe delivery of her mom! 2 more ewes look like they're bagging up.
13:50, 70F, mostly cloudy. twins! she had twins. went out to check earlier and there was another little brown ewe lamb.
did a wash. going to cow town for feed and hoping the truck behaves.
15:40. low 70's. sunny. truck did get me, the feed, and the groceries back to the farm. unloaded same. checked on new lambs. and now (drum roll) the first wrinkle - tuffy isn't sure if she wants twins, keeps ignoring one, but not nastily at least. crying lambs excites new dogs. pit bull mix pup locked in the house. guardian on tire-chain. she has not interacted with newborn lambs yet, only the 20 lb.+ lambs that were around when she first came to the farm. we have to be very careful.
17:30, 68F, mostly cloudy. new lambs got dinner while mom ate hers. another ewe tried to jump into the lamb stall, tripped on the wire, and fell on her head - I thought she had broken her neck. she just lay there for several minutes. instead, she has injured, if not broken, her left foreleg. got her up and out of the lamb pen. she stood in the barn in shock for a long time. brought her water since all had just eaten. there's naught to be done. will see how she is tomorrow.
20:30, 63F, partly cloudy. foggy. stars out but hazy up there. checked on lambs who were sleeping together under hay rack. mom near-by. injured ewe in big room in barn, moving about some but not putting any weight on that leg.
these are the things folks don't think on when the romance of farming engages them. I do know what happened to the ewe's leg, this time, since I was there when it happened. otherwise, there would be no clue other then her being in that particular pen.
guardian loose in yard rather than sheep pasture. want to make sure she's o.k. with little lambs before she's allowed with the sheep again. she's out by the hay barn barking now.

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2. marsHen
1:25 AM GMT on December 02, 2012
wish I could post pictures, too, but I'm lucky that I can even log on with my old computer - dell, 2002, dial-up.
thank you for your good wishes.. but it was a strange day, read on ...
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1. janetlee
7:36 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
New babies..how wonderful. wish you'd post photos
good luck to the new family & you too
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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.