For all you lamb followers, just a few snipits of the day in the life of a lamb. Sleep, play, eat, and more sleep! Oh yes, there is feeding time for Cutie... Jim and Sue got a chance to help.
Chance was a bottle baby four years ago when her mom abandoned her in a puddle of ice. Still recovering from back surgery, unable to walk myself, I nursed the dying lamb on my knee, until life and warmth came back into her little body. Chance had twin lambs today, a big healthy white ewe lamb and a robust black and white ram lamb. This evening, as we turned off the the barn lights, Chance and her little family were warm and snug in the big cedar barn. The day we no longer wonder at the circle of life...is the day we will retire. Life is good. Take care, keep safe. M xx
Her name is Cutie. She was born 3 days ago as the first of three lambs. Largest of the three lambs. First born. Mommy was more interested in the other two and gave Cutie the boot (head butt that is!). Cutie was not as aggressive as the other two and lost out. So now its our turn. Bottle feeding is the only alternative and she is a Cutie. Even getting used to the idea that milk is coming from us. Oh well, life is precious on the ranch and we take care of all the best we can. Oh dear... Maureen will insist on finding the proper home for her!! G
Life is full of surprises.....Erin called this morning...one of the "ladies" had had a lamb.....but which one ? Dotty and Momma bear were both making momma noises...both were claiming the little wet body laying in the straw and at that moment in time the little wet lamb really didn't care...life had just begun. Clearly we had to make a decision and Miss Dotty was duly escorted along with the little ewe lamb to a waiting claiming pen. Momma Bear protested all morning at the kidnapping of "her" new born but our instincts were validated when lamb number two was followed by lamb number three in the little claiming pen. Tiger the barn tabby cat had to check out the new arrivals and Bella the Jersey cow, due to calve in April, was eager to introduce herself to the new members of the Ranch family. Our thanks to Erin,Sue and Dan for welcoming the new arrivals and for ensuring that all the members of the sheep barn still felt special. Amazing what a peanut or three can do !! Take care keep safe, M.
There is something really magical about a frosty January morning down on the ranch. As the sun rose through the trees and it's rays reflected on the pond Bran the Border Collie remained stoically on guard..albeit safely behind a big farm gate . Barney the big Oxford ram , currently living a celibate life in his Winter bachelor pad fearlessly taunts his canine guardian...standing just a border collie whisker away. Meanwhile his very rotund and very, very expectant harem languish lazily in the sheep barn.....apparently not missing the attention of Barney the amorous ram at all. Come on ladies....little first lamb needs some play mates ! Stay warm, keep safe, M
What is tiny, woolly, and cute as a button ?......Baby Doll's new little ewe lamb ! Lambing season has started. The other members of the Gentle Giant Meadows Ranch formation eating team are looking ready to pop....could be a busy week ! Love from the Ranch. M xx
Its me, Maureen, (the Boss)