Sunday morning as I was going out to feed, I realized one of our ewes was missing from the yard. Since Twizzler was expecting my first thought was to check the barn.
Twizzler was inside along with two of the most adorable little lambs. They were so tiny! One looked just like her mother, black with just a spot of white on top of the head. The other was also black but had more white in and around the head.
I hurried back to the house to get my newborn kit. This kit includes scissors, dental floss, iodine (in my case betadine), several cotton squares, a pair of disposable gloves, and a clean rag.
Returning to the barn, I treated the first lamb by tying the umbilical cord with a short piece of floss. The ends were snipped close and I shortened the cord a little. Lambs can pick up bacteria or diseases through an untreated umbilical cord. The last step was to bathe the cord and naval area with iodine.
I was thrilled to find this lamb was a baby girl! This little ewe is unrelated to the ram here at the farm so I knew I would have another breedable ewe in the future. Now on to the next one.
With the second one in my arms, I was on cloud nine… another ewe lamb! This one received the same treatment as the first before releasing it back to her mother.
I brought a stool out to the barn and sat to watch for a bit. While watching, I talked to the new arrivals so they would get used to my voice. This will help in keeping them tame.
I checked the mom to make sure her udder was full and watched to make sure the babies were nursing. Once satisfied all was well, I left them alone for awhile.
At only three days old, the lambs are following their mom all over the pasture and munching a little too. They are delightful creatures to watch as they are hopping through the grass.
These Shetland sheep are starting to prove they are a good choice for a small homestead and they are quite a welcome addition.