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Little lamzy divey

My SO came in this afternoon worried about the goats.  He thought the white goat, Buttercup, looked terribly scrawny.  This made no sense to me, since they seemed quite well fed when I handled them yesterday.

He went back outside again, and came running back.  That wasn't a goat he'd seen, it was a baby sheep!  It looked all scrawny because it had just been born!  Our ewe Gertrude had just given birth!

Usually sheep have twins, so I figured there had to be another lamb somewhere, so we went back outside.  Sure enough, we soon found another baby sheep!  Gertrude looks happy and the lambs are feeding.

I noticed that Gertrude's udder looked kind of full yesterday, but as I've not spent much time looking at sheep udders, I thought it was normal.  Obviously it's not, it was because she was pregnant.  She looks so much thinner now.

The baby sheep are soooooooo tiny.  The microgoats are twice their size.  They also have cute long tails which they wag like a dog.  I took some photos, but I need to develop them and I'm not sure they'll come out.  It's fairly dark inside the barn and I didn't want to disturb the happy family with a flash.

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altivo
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
I take it these are the first lambs you've had. While sheep often do have twins, and in some breeds even twins and quads, single births are still the norm for most smaller breeds including the Baby Dolls. We've had three sets of twins here out of perhaps a dozen births.

I agree it's really funny to watch the lambs wag their tails so hard when nursing. I do recommend, though, that you consider tail docking. It greatly reduces the risk of fly strike and doesn't otherwise seem to bother them at all. (We use the rubber band method.) The adult sheep's tail serves little purpose other than as a reservoir of fat and a place prone to insect bites and injury. We leave them enough to wag and chase flies away from their bottoms.

captpackrat
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
This is the second pair of twins Gertrude has had for us. Both pairs were one black and one white. The previous pair were docked by the vet.
altivo
Jun. 25th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
Ah. Individual ewes do often show a prediliction for twins. So you appear to have one of those. It's cool when one's black and one's white. Salt and pepper, as it were.
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