Despite the full moon, there were no lambs born yesterday. The ewes spent most of the day in the pasture in a seemingly meditative state soaking up the sun, and of course eating… there’s a lot of eating going on.
We moved three groups of lambs and their mamas out to the nursery paddock, where they enjoyed getting to know their older cousins, running, jumping and exploring.
lack of cooperation inactivity on the ewe’s part, gave us the opportunity to clean out the barn, move some things around and set up additonal lambing jugs. So in answer to Boo’s Mom’s question yesterday, here’s a little more about jugs. A lambing jug is a small pen where the ewe and lambs are moved shortly after birth. Unless there is a problem or really bad weather, we usually wait until after the lambs are up and have eaten. This short confinement (usually two or three days) promotes bonding and gives us the opportunity to watch for any problems the ewe or lamb may experience in those first few days. After using old wooden pallets and assorted other recycled items, we have slowly invested in this system of welded wire panels and connector hinges. They are very sturdy and easy to climb in and out of. They allow us to use our barn space more efficiently as they can be quickly put up, taken down, moved or reconfigured..
Hebe, Patience and their twins are the only occupants at the moment. They’re getting lonely… come on girls, let’s get moving.