Today Started out rainy and cold. And as I got up and looked out my window I got a little surprise. Then when I got to the barn and started my day I got an even bigger surprise. One surprise was a good one and the other wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t a good thing.
So as I got out of bed today I looked out the window to see Baby Girl giving birth to a beautiful Black little lamb with white toughs on her head. Mom saw it about the same time when she went to go use the restroom. So we both hit the pen about the same time. I tried to get Baby Girl to follow me into the barn by scooping up the baby and carrying it within her line of sight.
That backfired as Baby Girl was one of the Ewes that had a run in with dogs a few years back and she can’t raise her head right. That means her line of Sight is different then the other sheep and I can never figure out where to hold the baby to be in her line of sight … LOL
Anyway, I passed the Baby off to Mom and got my hands on Baby Girl and got her inside. Baby Girl has only been a Momma a few times but she is an amazing Momma. She coos and talks to her baby and really doesn’t like anyone messing with it. That being said Let me introduce you to Amber!
After we got Baby Girl and Amber settled into the barn, Mom and I had just enough time to get cleaned up before Kristen arrived. Oh, well that was a oversight … I never told you about Kristen did I? Oh Wow … I guess I better fill you in.
About a week or so ago Mom got a call from a Student at OSU. She had an assignment for some kind of Ag Advertising or Communications class that involved finding someone in the Ag industry to interview. And she Found Mom and I. So about 10 am this morning she arrived to come see who we are and what we do and how we do our Ag thing.
She was really nice and I think she had fun. We gave her a tour and she helped me weigh Hershey’s babies. It is at that point we learned that the babies weren’t gaining anything. That means there is something going on with Hershey or her babies. From the barn we headed out to give Kristen the rest of the tour. When we got to Derf we found he was limping. He had been fine when I did chores just 2 hours before we made our way to his pen. Some how in that short time he had cut his leg. I left Mom and Kristen to tend to Derf and found that while the cut was sore and making Derf limp it was actually not all that bad. So I cleaned it up and put a little wound treatment on it and once again joined Mom and Kristen. We spent time finishing our interview which included things like showing her the farm and the garden and many different aspects of our lives. Then Mom brought her in and they carded a small batt and Kristen tried her hand at spinning wool. I must say that she didn’t do to bad for a first timer. Her yarn was a thick and thin art yarn and it was balanced and that is really all that matters.
When Kristen headed home I headed to get feed. I had to make a stop or two in town on the way. Mom needed dish soap and I needed to put gas in the truck.
When I got home from the Co-op I headed to the arena. There I ponied Coop to keep her in shape. When Dad got home we headed to the barn. Dad held Hershey while I put babies under her so they could get a good drink. At this point I had been assuming the issue was Hershey’s normal issues of her not standing to let the babies drink. As I worked I figured out that wasn’t the issue at all. Those little girls sucked well but never seemed to get full. That is when I figured out Just how serious of an issue we had. Hershey isn’t making enough milk for the twins and if there is any real milk coming in they are keeping her sucked dry. That means we needed to take action and help get some groceries down those two.
I let Mom know what was up and we went into work mode. Mom hit the kitchen to make a bottle while I went to find a shot. Then we both met back in the barn. The littlest twin caught no fast and soon got her belly full. The larger of the two has been spronging around so even though we think she is the one getting all the milk we offered her a drink anyway. She didn’t seem as hungry and didn’t drink a whole lot but did get her belly full. The littlest one would drink for a bit and after I would try her sister, then the littlest one would come back to my legs where I would pick her up and offer up the bottle again. And each time she drank a bit more. All in all both babies got full bellies and that is what we wanted. Tomorrow I will weigh them again and we will pray that they will start gaining weight. I gave Hershey the shot to help bring her milk in and then we left them to settle back down.
At least this year the issue isn’t a Hershey being a bad Momma issue. This issue she has no control over but Mom is talking about maybe not breeding her next year … Maybe giving her body a year off would help her get stronger and produce better babies. We will see though. We ended the day making a video for a collaboration on youtube. It will post tomorrow but for today enjoy a short clip of a Lamb Update …