Monday, April 20, 2009

4 Sets of Twin Lambs in under 20 hours!!

So at the end of yesterday's post, I went out to the barn to do evening checks on the new lambs and there was Sheltering Pines Spirit standing there with the very first signs of labor.......yep long night coming up because that was at around 10 o'clock ish pm. I had found her around 6 that evening behind the barn scratching at the ground so I ushered her in a stall "just in case".
So around 10:30 pm she had these 2 little rams ..............

Okay, I don't want to sound like a crazy woman but
How much more awesome can you get if you are going to have twin ram lambs!!!??
Do you know how long I use to stalk Shetland Sheep breeders praying that one day I too would have spotted lambs like this????
I am in love with these boys and their spots.............

good grief they are too darn cute!!!! Now, of course there are little horn buds though the white/moorit spotted ram on the right does not have as prounced buds as this brother. Perhaps they will have small scurs........please!!! No, I know I can not keep them both. Let me know if your reading and your interested.

Now, of course I can not ignore Miss Polly who I had put in the stall on Sunday morning because she was looking ready to go. Well, she was still looking like that at midnight but I was really needing some sleep. So, I went to bed and set my alarm for 4:00 am. I rolled out of bed and back to the barn I went. And she had just had her 2 little ram lambs as they were still very wet. A nice size black ram with smirslet marking and a spotted kat. ram lamb, little smaller but very nice. I am not 100% sure but there are no noticeable horn buds but I know time will tell.

Melanie, this picture is for you because I heard this little black ram say your name:)

Of course, I could not leave without a pic of Betsy and her babies all snug under the heat lamp.
So, in less than 20 hours I had 4 sets of twin lambs born......I am a tad stressed and tired....worrying that everyone is nursing fine and that they are warm (its been raining all day and suppose to rain tomorrow too). I do have faith that my other 2 kat ewes will be lambing also this week...........I just hope the girls give me a little more notice. I was feeling kinda crazy yesterday......maybe more like consumed by and my big farming ideas but those lambs are pretty darn cute:)
I promise to have better pictures once I get some much needed sleep:)
Please see yesterdays post for the other lambs born!!!


Sharrie said...

You are right. That first pair is awesome. You are doing real well with your lambing. Hope it continues.

North Star Shetlands said...

Congrats! Beautiful!

Deb said...

Wow Kristi - it's sure been busy at your farm !! Your new babies are adorable. I love those spots!
Everyone looks great ~

Hope the sunshines for you today - I'm getting your rain and I'm very grateful!

Kara said...

WOW! Kristi they are awesome! I am excited that you have a black ram for Melanie that appears to be polled. Now those other ones are calling my name but I am going to ingore them! One more year and then maybe I'll listen. They are unbelievable though, congrats.

Nancy K. said...

I love the little black boots on the spotted lamb in the first photo! My Goodness ~ you seem to be getting an awful lot of boys!?

Congratulations on safe, healthy deliveries! Isn't it wonderful how those Shetland moms just know what to do and DO it?


Susan said...

Congrats on all the wonderful babies. It's raining spots at your place it seems :)

Anonymous said...

Wow that is awesome,they are all beautiful.Congrats!!!!!

Tammy said...

congrats on the pile of lambs Kristi! What a hectic time for you, but the upside is it'll all be done and over with pretty quick so you can quit worrying about them. Hang in there! Sure a pretty bunch of lambs, too. Who is their sire?

Christy said...

Those spotted boys are beautiful!

kristi said...

I am keeping my fingers crossed as there are 4 more girls to go, maybe 5? Okay, I am a history teacher, not math:)

North Star,
Thank you so much!!!!

Now don't be shy because I will glad put some spots in my van to come and see you :)

When you were posting all of you lambs I kept keeping "Glad its not me" but guess what?? Don't ignore those them...have some spots!! LOL

You know I have never been to Wisconsin so those "boots" could come your way:) My Shetland moms probably hate me as I know I drive them nuts being a constant worrier. 6 boys so far but they are all so nice so far!! Can't wait to see your California trip pics!

yes, raining spots is so right and Dixie is just dieing to see what is going on in those stalls!!

Mama & Christy,
thank you so much!! I know you want one:) LOL

oh yes, so hectic as I worry so much. Last year all the babies were born in June and July so this will be nice once its all done. Now as for the sire.....I'll let you know tomorrow:)

Tracey said...

WOW!!! Congratulations on all the babies....I love the little spotted ones too!

melanie said...

Oh...he is SO handsome!