Tuesday, June 24, 2014

23 lambs

The yards behind my sister's house (next door neighbour)
is the dry lock up night yard. 
This habit of locking them all up at night
has saved many lambs from the hungry foxes.
It has been a good season so far with many sets of twins.
They are such good fun to watch.
They jump, run, climb.
They hang out in groups with one mother staying close.
This group was 7 lambs but mum had been calling and they
were having too much fun to be rounded up for the night.
They are a delight, they make me laugh. Sometimes they
just explode like an electric shock has made them 
buck like a rodeo horse. I would love to capture that with the camera
but I think it would have to be a still from a video...very hard to anticipate
like lightning.

Our secret weapon against the fox is a flashing light.
It is a sheep disco. 
The light throws intermittent shadows and this seems to
protect the flock.
We have hooked up a small solar panel that trickle feeds the battery 

I noticed that a couple of the larger lambs are jumping through
the fence...at their peril. 
Safety in numbers. 
The orphaned twins are doing well.
We have made them a small day yard to encourage green feed.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Orphaned twins

I am on my last week of Tertiary Teaching studies and
I have been seriously side tracked with lambing duties.
Locking the sheep up at night to protect them from the foxes
Letting them out again in the morning.
 Sheep seem to like routine and are no trouble to put away.
It's a great purpose for a walk with the dogs, morning and night

We had a white out fog this morning that left many spider webs
highlighted with dew. Beautiful.

Shelia is getting older and slower. 
The sheep catch up and pass her now.

On Sunday our fourth set of twin lambs were born.
By Monday morning their mother had died, lamb birth complications.
I brought them home,
 so now I am doing the four hour feeds.
Thankfully they have gotten the idea of drinking from the bottle!
I wore a lot of milk trying to teach them.

Seriously cute, this brother and sister duo seem strong.
I wonder how long I have to feed them milk?
There are many more lambs to come, 
I hope these are the only orphans. 
It will be hard not to get attached to them as 
they climb all over me when they feed.
The boy on the left head butts a lot and 
they both like chewing the buttons on my jumper.