Boy, what a frantic couple of weeks! We have had 5 babies born between April 22nd and May 5th. There is only one doe left to kid, and I am not entirely sure she is pregnant; time will tell on that.
The first born was Nebula, who we think was a little premature because she was so quiet for the first week, our she may have had a difficult birth. Every one of these critters managed to give birth in the hours between me obsessively checking on them, without showing that they were in active labor. Stinkers! They like privacy. I want to say to them, “I can help if things go wrong, really!” It all turned out alright this year, though. Nebula is a black doeling with a couple of white spots, born to Kuzu of Stonywoods Farm and Nova of Kai Mohair.
Next was Bonnie, our Jacob/Rambouillet ewe, who we bred to Locksfield Cyrano, our registered Shetland ram. Bailey is absolutely adorable, covered in spots, and very spunky. She is definitely a keeper! Bonnie is so protective, such a good mama.
Next, Summerlin had her first kid, a black doeling; the sire is Kuzu again. Gunpowder, as the kids named her (yup, I have boys) is such a little dear! Summerlin is being a good first time mother, though she is not as attentive or protective as the more experienced mothers. I think she just doesn’t quite get it yet. She will learn. In the meantime, I am keeping an eye on the little one.
Last Sunday, Doileag had twin lambs, a ram lamb and a ewe lamb. I had been checking on her a lot, and she STILL managed to have them without me! It was a beautiful day to be born, warm and sunny, and they were toddling around almost immediately. Sheep are so much easier than goats. We are keeping the ewe and selling the ram as a wether for fiber. These two are pure registered Shetland.
So that is it! We were so lucky this spring – 5 babies, 4 girls, all healthy, and all the mamas healthy too. We might have one more still to go. I call that a successful spring!