Of course we'd get our first lambs born this morning - it snowed again last night !
Picked them up and took them to the garage and then to the lower barn after setting it up with a heat lamp and food and water for mum. Lacey obviously can't see very well, she could hear them calling, but couldn't see them in my arms. Bent down so that she touched them, then she followed me.
Put the white boy in hot water as he was chilled. Rubbing him with a towel didn't seem to help, so warm water, rub dry, under the heat lamp and guide his mouth to mums' teat. His back legs haven't seem to have caught up with him yet.
Have them on the other side of the milk parlour. The horses were curious with all the noise, and Star is going to be surprised too. I smell of new-born :)
Found 14 eggs today, including our first goose egg of the year, a Toulouse, and the first Bantam.
The little white boy-lamb is doing much better, his back legs are working properly. I dunked him in hot water to get his core temperature up, then rubbed him down and mum also licked him dry. Seen both of them feed although not seen any poops or pees, but she keeps cleaning their bums. Gave Lacey warm water with molassas, and a little grain which she takes from my hand. Tipped the alpaca feeder so ahe has easy access to hay, which she also eats from my hand.
Wish I could have got a photo of Star, the Jersey cow, nose-to-nose with Lacey, the Icelandic ewe when I brought her down to be milked.
So didn't get much else done today. Kept checking on the new lambs and pampering mama.
Went to check on the horses, without a treat, and Missy came up for head scratches, Max won't come near me. Talking to Herbie tonight, Max comes for loves from him, Missy doesn't want to know. Wonder how that works ?
Star walked to milking and back without the lead. Seriously thinking of putting permanent pathways across the back garden, as between the duck and geese, the buggy, the cow prints, and my indentations, the lawn is a wreck.