A Big Day

Yesterday was a big day, in more ways than one!  Hera who had been looking very miserable for several days, delivered triplets.  She had to have a little assistance, as the black one was trying to back its way into the birth canal and was a little sideways.  Once the shepherdess got him moving, his brothers popped right out.  Yes, they are all rams.  Having been sired by Strider, they were promptly named Merry, Pippen and Samwise.  Oh, wait… just realized that you cannot see them in the photo below because they are wearing their little hobbit cloaks of invisibility…
Here’s a photo from earlier in the day.  Merry weighed in at 7 lbs 15 ozs, Pippen weighed 8 lbs and Samwise weighed 8 lbs 10  ozs.  Quite a load for one little mama to bear, but she is doing well.

To top the day off, Petunia gave birth to a big ewe lamb.  When we say big, we mean BIG… she weighed 16 lbs 13 ozs.

We’ve fallen behind on the lamb posts, but are attempting to catch up over on Flickr Lambs of 2013We’re beginning to see the light at the end of the lambing season tunnel.

6 thoughts on “A Big Day

  1. This is a wonder! This season in the Bavarian Forest many lambs died because of a problem with selen-missing. I heard a lot of adventurous stories with new-born lambs and their mothers, hard time! But God is near every animal in this wide, wide world.

    1. Our lambs are usually not this BIG. The ewes were fed only first-cutting hay all winter. These big lambs are somewhat of a mystery. We have had a lot more singles than usual, but we have never had even singles born this large. Poor mamas. We have several more ewes still to give birth, but are getting kind of anxious to put together our lambing stats.

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