Millie gave birth just before 5:00 this afternoon. I think it was a difficult birth. It seemed like she had to try too many times to make it happen. I even had a call in to get the vet out to our farm. She did manage to make it on her own, but the ram lamb's tiny sister was stillborn. He weighed over six pounds, and she only weighed four pounds. That is my first loss, but only my ninth lamb. It is still sad. I don't know if Millie's weight influenced what happened. I guess I never will. The young ram is a mass of crimpy curls and long legs and just has patches where horns should be budding. What will become of that? Time will tell.
There is nothing wrong with having your first meal before you even stand up. A guy gets hungry with all that "birthing stuff".
This is his first time on his own four feet. He is a long legged little guy.
On another note......Yes, Michelle, two of Todd's puppies did die. He thinks it was his inexperience with keeping their temperatures where they should be. The other four are doing fine. Todd, however, is not. He got out of the hospital today. He was in since Sunday afternoon because he has a blood clot in his neck. He is on Coumadin now for six weeks. He is done with the powerful antibiotics that he was getting through a "pick" line. He says that was the cause of the clot. He is a walking drug factory. He still does not know what is causing the anemia.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Lucy says,"What did you say was going to happen to me?"
Ami is first on the right. She is a mother twice over. She is pictured with one of my yearlings, Lollie. Is Ami PG? I don't know. The other two years, I could tell easily after she was shorn. But this year, I really don't know.
This is Lucy another two year old. First time mother, I hope, daughter of Ami. She is not very rotund, but she is showing signs of eminent birth.
This is "Miss Piggy" whose real name is Millie. She is just incapable of passing up anything that is food. I don't know how to handle that. She is going to give birth. I hope it is not a problem because she is so rotund. She is a two year old, first time pregnant.