Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Last of the Lambing for a Bit

Went out to feed and found Audrey at about the same state as Dodie two weeks ago - two little wet lambs on the ground and one placenta.  Both are ram lambs and they are up and strong and nursing.  The second one to be born was a bit confused and trying to follow his yearling sister, so I sent the flock outside.  This gives me a day to get the lambing jug in place and lets everyone have a bigger space to get to know each other.

I am checking on the ewe and the new arrivals every hour or two, and the second placenta has delivered, too, so everything is going well.  I had to help dry them off with a bit of dry straw, but it is a nice sunny day with temps in the upper 60's/low 70's, so no worries.

Unfortunately, the pictures are just not loading - have been trying for two hours, so it will have to wait until fewer people are jamming up the internet in our rural area.  I notice that times of high traffic are slow as molasses - although why 10 am on a beautiful Saturday is slow, I don't know.  I do know it is time for me to get off the internet and get some work done.

Our next lambs aren't due until late April/early May, so I can breathe a sigh of relief.  I will be posting pictures of the new arrivals (one is a quite attractive streaky black and white) and of the greenhouse project later.  Today's chores, in spite of the lovely day, will have to be indoor chores.  I didn't get my grading done yesterday, and I need to do it today, and there is a pile of laundry which is quite frightening.  I do hope to try to plant some garlic which sprouted in my fridge - don't know if it will work, but it is certainly worth a try.

I hope everyone has a productive, happy day.  


Chai Chai said...

What are you going to do with all these rams?

NancyDe said...

Chai Chai, I am just a bit sad. I will castrate the two black ones, and keep the streaky white and black one a ram, and I guess I will sell them. We could use some more lawn mowers, but we really can't be too sentimental, I suppose. I really wish we'd gotten three ewe lambs instead - or even two.

Chai Chai said...

Yep, That is my hope/fear as well. I will love them all but I would really like baby girl goats and sheep.

Faith said...

Sounds like when we were on dial up and everyone else already had broadband. It would just take hours to do anything of any measurable size.

Why don't you eat them? They would be delicious, with that in-ground roasting Hawaiians do so well. 30 pounds of meat can come in handy in hard times.


NancyDe said...

Well, Faith, they might taste good in the imu. I need to find a local processor.... My husband is not yet ready to eat animals we raise (not even chickens).

As far as the internet goes, I am pretty annoyed that this satellite internet is so darn slow. I could pay 20% of this cost for the same speed on dial up. It is just that most of the time, it isn't that slow. I just haven't been able to access my online gradebook and loading pictures is an ordeal.