Lambs and kids

With all the new lambs and kids being born this spring it’s hard this year to keep up with naming them.  I came out to see the goats yesterday afternoon and was on hand to help Katie-Jane birth her first buckling.  She was walking around the pen with his toes and nose sticking out (perfect presentation), but she couldn’t push him past that point.  I followed her around the pen to see if she’d let me help.  She was straining and pushing, but wasn’t making progress.  Finally she lay down facing the wall and as she pushed I gently pulled, then got the front legs out and helped her pull the rest.  He was so big!  No wonder he was stuck!  Both are doing great!  In the last picture he’s meeting a white meat goat buckling born earlier this spring.  He was only about 1/2 an hour old in the last picture and already standing well.

Lavender is an experienced mom and had two doelings late yesterday morning.  Both are beautiful and healthy!

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Earlier this spring we had five ewes give birth to six lambs.  All survived and are doing fantastic!  On the evening of Easter we had one newborn lamb that was having trouble standing to nurse, so we brought it in the house and started bottle feeding her.  We hoped her mom would be a good mother once baby lamb got on her feet, but her mom refused to stand and let her baby eat, so we’ve got one bottle baby.  The sweet thing about bottle babies is they become very attached to whomever feeds them, so this little lamb follows us all around the farm.  She spends most of her days with her mother and the other sheep.

The grey and black lambs were twins born to our Finnsheep.  The sturdy looking ram lamb was so big I had to assist his mother, he is very vigorous and growing fast!