Today wasn’t going to be much of an exciting day I didn’t think. It was still cold but not as cold as it had been. Mom and I were a bit late getting up but the day gave way to it’s normal start of chores, cleaning up the house, cookie baking and Dishes.
My days start the same no matter what time I start them. After those normal things School is in short order. By the time Dad calls on his lunch hour I am starting my lunch as well. After lunch when the weather allows I take care of my PE class. For those of you that don’t know PE class and Roping are one and the same.
Today however, that is were the normal ended. You see in the middle of PE class Dad came home and while cutting across the pasture found that Fudgie had just given birth to twin girls. I got the two babies wrapped in a blanket and handed them off to Dad. Then I got ahold of Fudgie and we all moved slowly into the new barn where I had the birthing pens set up.
Dad and I worked fast to get them both dried off as the wind was a bit on the cool side today.
Dad still doesn’t have the whole drying thing down yet to I had to jump in and get the littlest one going.
After we dried them as best we could I headed for the jackets while Momma and babies got to know each other.
After that I left the little ones to figure out their world and get in a bit of nursing. By chore time I came back to feed and water both Reba and Fudgie only to find the littlest lamb unable to stand. I tried to help her out by holding her up but had no luck. I got Mom to the barn and she scooped the little one up and headed for the house. I stayed behind to “milk” out some colostrum from Fudgie.
The little lamb was cold and while I milked Mom got her in the house, wrapped with a blanket and getting warmed up.
When I got inside with the colostrum Mom and I traded jobs. I got to hold and rub the lamb all over, while Mom warmed the colostrum up and prepared to “feed” the little thing her much needed nutrition. With a syringe of warm colostrum Mom made baby talk and got the little one taking the colostrum. Mom worked and got about 36cc down her before we saw some real improvement in her.
By the time we got her warm and fed we had her standing on her own as well. I returned her to her Mom shortly after we got her acting “lamb like” I spend the evening checking on her and I will be getting up early to check her many time threw the night to make sure she is doing okay.
Thanks to a Facebook post and Ms. Mary we now have names of Penny and Patch from 101 Dalmations. The one that had to be warmed is Patch and her jacket is green. Penny has on a Brown Sweater. As for the chicks they are doing fine It seems we have lost the ones that got here in distress but for the most part the ones that made it through are doing really well.