Honeycomb lambed today – a very quick delivery! Evelyn had just checked on her at 2 p.m. and when I went out at 4 p.m., there were two little lambs standing under her drinking! Apparently they didn’t need any help!
Then Apple and her lambs got up from their afternoon snooze.
For a moment it looked as though Apple had quadruplets.
But they sorted themselves out in not too long.
Honeycomb is a little too friendly for photographing.
Cleaning her daughter up… The little ram lamb has ears like his Daddy! Congratulations, Marie-Pier, on your correct guess!
And one of Honeycrisp, just because she was looking so cute!
Apple surprised us yesterday evening by lambing! We thought she was due in three weeks, but I guess we were wrong.
We needed to help the first lamb since it was coming out nose first instead of feet first, but the second arrived pretty smoothly and we just gave it a little helpful pull.
Honeycrisp is a pound smaller than Gala, but both sisters seem to be doing fine so far.Black Currant looks huge now! Will they make good playmates?
And the cat actually didn’t get into the pictures this time… because the sheep usually chase her out of their stall!
Our purebred Finnsheep, Honeycomb, is due to lamb in about a week or so! We wanted to get some pictures of her, so Evelyn and I headed out to the barn.
Blackberry and Currant were easy to lead out.
Aren’t I cute?
The warm, sunny day made for a frisky lamb!
And of course, the cat had to come inspect.
Timid little Apple didn’t want to leave the barn even to get some corn.
But our subject for today was Honeycomb. With a little coaxing, she followed Evelyn out of the barn and was rewarded with some corn.
After a while, Honeycomb got curious and ventured farther.
She certainly looks pregnant! How many lambs do you think she’ll have? And will they be ewe lambs or ram lambs? (Just a hint, Finnsheep normally have more than one lamb at a time, though not always.)
Hey, what about me!?
Lambing season is just around the corner. Our friendly, people-oriented Blackberry is due first – perhaps as early as next week!
How many lambs do you think she’ll have? And will they be ram lambs, ewes lambs, or a combination? Tell us what you think in the comments below!
A newcomer arrived in the barn yesterday evening…
She is 8 months old and very friendly. She was worried at first about being separated from her original flock, but she’s adapting quickly and already seems to be making friends with Yoghurt in the next stall. Her wool is very dense and such a beautiful colour! We’re thrilled to have found a black sheep at last!
We’ve come up with a couple ideas for what to call her. Anyone else have a suggestion?
It was hair cutting time in the barn this week! Well, not technically hair actually – wool.
Chipit and Maple had theirs cut a while back, but the three younger sheep still needed to be done. Yoghurt was by far the most agreeable. He loved the back rub! Strawberry and Raspberry were more ticklish and wiggly, but even so it was nice to work with sheep that aren’t afraid of us.
I forgot to photograph Strawberry before and after, but here are Yoghurt and Raspberry.
Quite the change! We measured Yoghurt’s fleece at 9 inches long. It is really beautiful wool. The ewe lambs have a lot of hair in their wool, so the quality is less good.
And of course while I was in the barn… How could I resist photographing those cute little lambs?
And now we are watching Maple and wondering if she’s pregnant…
What do you think?
What a difference shearing makes! Here is Chipit before:
And here she is after:
Is it the same sheep? 🙂