Monday, April 18, 2011

Finally!


Acorn had triplets on Thursday-- two ewe lambs and a little ram! Our first ever set, a gaggle of moorit lambs. And she bore them like a pro. Her easiest lambing to date; I only had to help pull the first (nose and one hoof delivery). The second she managed pretty much alone. The third, was a total surprise delivered as Acorn stood among her miniature flock and we helpers rubbed them dry.
Unfortunately, Acorn didn't seem to have enough milk for three. The old mastitis blocked one side at least partially (Dan was able to get a few drops with some serious milking). But the lambs were constantly hungry and small.

So we gave one of the ewes to some lovely farmers in New Hampshire who have a lot of experience with bottle lambs and are already spoiling her rotten. They've named her after her mother.

It was sad to drive her up to New Hampshire, but this was eased by her comfortable calm (she rode all the way on my eldest's lap!) and the immediate love her new "parents" showed for her.

Also, I swear Acorn seemed a little relieved. Three is a lot for a mama (I can attest to that!) especially with milk issues.

One more ewe left to lamb. And Penny appears at least three weeks away. Whew!

9 comments:

Catherine A. Winn said...

This is so sweet. Glad you found a good home for the little lamb.

luckybunny said...

Beautiful lambs, congrats! I am so glad you found such a great home for the little ewe, that will help the other lambs, and It sounds like you found a perfect home, so you won't have to worry :) Good luck with Penny at least you have a break now!

JEFritz said...

Wow! I've heard of sheep having twins, but triplets!!! I guess this explains why Acorn was so huge! I hope the little lamb is happy in her new home.

Chai Chai said...

Acorn really was huge, they all looked to be about the same size. Amazing they are all the same color. I have read that bottle babies are hard to manage, I'm sure the folks in NH are very happy with their new ewe.

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Perri said...

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Anita said...

Yay for Acorn and her babies. I LOVE your blog! My hubbie has always had an affinity for goats and deep down in his heart of hearts I think he'd love to raise them. But we're city folk with just enough money to live on comfortably, so it's prob something he'll have to wait for his retirement to do. ;) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leading me to yours! Congrats on the baby boom at your farm!

Razzberry Corner said...

Acorns babies are so sweet. I'm sure she's happy to not be pregnant anymore!!

I just found your blog and am really excited about it. I have a farm, no sheep yet, but maybe one day! I deal with all the day to day issues of country living, chickens and gardens, and I know it can be tough!

My hubby and I both work full time, and I absolutely love audiobooks. I download them from my local library's digital books webpage. In fact, I need to go look soon as I'm almost finished with my current book. I need to read your books reviews. I sometimes feel like I've listened to all the books at my local library, although I'm sure I haven't. I tend to find an author I like and read all his/her books, then move on to another.

And last but not least, I've always dreamed of being a writer. I will def have to check out your writing blog! :)
~Lynn

Perri said...

Welcome, Lynn! We do have a lot in common. I think I've listened to most of our library's selection too. Good thing we have interlibrary loan!