Babies Everywhere!

Yesterday morning I followed Chris out the back door as he was leaving for work because I was going to go feed the sheep.  As he made the turn for the front of the house, I heard a very distinct noise.  I said, "Chris, we have babies!"  His response, "I don't think so.  I didn't hear anything."  "No, we do.  I heard one."  He came back around and we look out to the sheep pen, and sure enough, I was right!! HA! :)

We walked out there and there were 4! We didn't have any jugs built yet (a much smaller pen to put the ewe and lamb(s) in so they can bond for 3-5 days before being put back out into the main pen).  We quickly put a few jugs together and Chris left for work and I had to get the ewes in their jugs with their babies and make sure they were all eating.  So, here I am, out there in my pajama pants, a pullover, and my boots trying to get everything put together.  I'm sure the lady across the street was probably laughing at me.

The set of twins was brand new, barely able to get up, so I kept an eye on them throughout the day to make sure they were eating.  One single was already dry and full and running around the pen.  And the other single, well, he's just stupid.  The ewe is a yearling, so this is her first baby.  So the combination of a stupid baby and a yearling ewe is always frustrating, to say the least.  I had to tie up the ewe, and force the baby to eat.  I milked some colostrum out of her, so in case she was crazy or the baby wouldn't latch, we could either bottle feed or tube him if we had to.  Plus, it's always a good idea to have extra colostrum on hand in case a ewe dies or doesn't have any.  Colostrum is soooo important.  So full of antibodies that the babies neeeed in order to really have chance to survive.

So, finally got the stupid baby full between him eating off the bottle and nursing off his mom.  When he tries to nurse when the ewe is not tied up, she just moves around, so it may take a few days before they both get the hang of it, lets just hope that he doesn't turn into a bottle baby!  We were out there last night at 11 making him eat and back out there again this morning around 5.  When I went out at 9:30 to check on him, his belly was pretty full.  So hopefully they are starting to get the hang of it.

I love the little babies.  So cute.

Even though he is a little stupid, isn't he cute?!
DJ spent the day hear yesterday, and was excited to see the baby sheep!

This boy loves to color!  I have some sidewalk chalk that he loves to play with, so that's what he wanted to do when he woke up from his nap.  It was a little chilly outside, so I pulled out my hunting hat and made him wear it.  This boy has giant head, no kidding, and my hat fit him.  The chin straps were a little long but the head part fit. But he looks pretty darn cute in it.

He was helping me feed and water the new moms. (well he was playing with bailing twine in the bed of the truck & I was feeding)
Hope you all have a fabulous New Year's Eve.  We are heading to my aunt and uncle's house to see my cousins that I haven't seen since last Christmas.  Pretty excited!

4 Notes:

Dawson Cattle Company said...

I feel your pain. We have some of the same experiences with the cattle. Those babies are just too cute! Looking forward to your blog in 2012, Happy New Year!

erindezago said...

LOL you nursing that young ewe's baby makes me think of when Greyson was born!

Sarah said...

The babies are so cute!!

Happy New Year!

Sarah from The House That Ag Built

Country Whispers said... cute!
I'm sure they are fun to watch as they grow and play.

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