I had a wonderful experience this morning! Our only pregnant sheep had a ram and a ewe lamb. Even though we have had sheep for many years, this was my first time seeing the actual birth. I usually arrive a few minutes too late. Lamb number one came out quite a long time after the ewe’s water broke. I thought for sure it wasn’t going make it, but after the mom started licking her, we heard a soft bleat. As soon as she finished cleaning up, lamb number two’s feet started coming out.
My wife, her sister, and two of our children were there. Luckily I didn’t have to do anything except cheer. I then ran to the local Agway to get some molasses to feed the mom and an extra heat lamp to keep the lambs warm. We counted ourselves lucky that the lambs didn’t come in the middle of one of those -14 degree nights.
I have been told by those in the know, that this ewe, (Miss Kay), is a really good mom. She is very protective and very attentive to the lambs. Best of all, we don’t have to bottle feed them in our kitchen. There is never a dull moment on the farm.