Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Bella's Twins ...
The good news Miss Bella finally popped, 2 very tiny little ewes, they so cute but boy so blotchy, just plain not very pretty. That ram next door is a merino and mamma Bella is a suffolk. This is Bella's second season and only one ewe last year. This time there were 3 girls, yes I did say 3 girls, one did not make it. She insisted having her babies under a big tree in the dirt, while I had put new hay down in the sheep shed for her.
Had been keeping an eye on her the whole day and just after the first one was born and on her feet, Bella popped out no 2 and ignored it, well I just went in and cleaned her up, splashed a little cold water on her face. That sort of shocks them and makes them draw in a deep breath, then they right to go, just like smacking a baby on the bottom kind of thing.
Baby no 3, was taking it's time coming and by that time Bella and her twins were safely inside the sheep shed, feed and watered. I had done the feeding round for the evening and had started making dinner, when Gayle our landlord/neighbour came for a stickybeak. Once again no more signs of anymore lambs, but while making dinner, she popped out no 3, Bella never cleaned it's little face, it died still in the sack.Sad but that nature for you.
Now we're just waiting for the brown ewe and Miss Lashes to pop in the next day or so. Little Stella is also expecting but atleast a month behind these girls. Tomorrow I am off to the Camden livestock Auction held every Wensday with Gayle, she's looking at some mixed breed sheep. I prefer to stick to Suffolks.
Well that's it for tonight