Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Resurrection Day! We are so blessed!!

Happy Easter!! What a beautiful day!! (In more ways than one!)

We are patiently (well, sort of) waiting the birth of our last lambs for this year. Sprinkles will be a first time mom and we are at 147 days of gestation. Today would be the perfect day for new birth.

Thursday evening Abigail (Abby) delivered a nice set of grey lambs. (146 days of gestation) One is a ewe and one is a ram. This ewe will be the only Emmett daughter that we will have. I look forward to seeing these fleeces grow out. Emmett gave us several grey lambs and then with Abby's softness they should be super.

Shania was to be next so we put her in a lambing pen on Friday morning due to all the rain and storms we had in the area. She had really been annoyed by some of the older ram lambs so to make her comfortable and me happy we put her in. Nothing... Saturday morning when my husband was going to let her out for the day, he discovered that her water had broken. After breakfast we went to check and she had had 2 beautiful RAM lambs. (147 days gestation) Last year she gave us a grey kat and a moorit smirslet ewe lamb. This year we have a fawn kat and a moorit smirslet ram lamb. We must purchase a spotted ram this year so that we get more spotties!!

Our ratio is now 10 rams to 6 ewes. We're hoping for ewes from Sprinkles!! Lambs and moms are happy and healthy and that is all that really matters!!

Late last night and early this morning I completed my shawl made from the wool of 3 of our 4 bottle lambs from the past 4 years. Padgett, Sarah, and Joy had the same mom and for 3 years their mom rejected one lamb. We finally realized that we didn't need to breed her again. The shawl is very special. In my post a while back I was looking for names for the shawl. I believe that it will be Triple Treat!


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Why go looking to buy a spotted ram when you just produced a doozy of your own? Use him on everyone but his mom!

I hope your last ewe gives you girls. That's what I was hoping for, but was given a single ram lamb instead. That gives me 4 boys and 2 girls, just like last year. Surely NEXT year will be my ewe year! Sigh....

Hidaway Farms Shetlands said...

Hi Michelle,

Unfortunately our little spotted ram lamb is related to all our yearlings that will be bred this fall and also to many of the ewes we already have that carry spots. So we are going to have to find a nice one just like him with different bloodlines.

A ratio of 10 to 8 wouldn't be too bad at the end of lambing. The likelihood is probably a little slim! I guess we will have to wait and see.

Kara said...

flush with pumpkin ladies, I am telling you...

I know where you could get a spotted ram lamb! :)

Your shawl is beautiful! Congrats all around.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful! I'm new here. Did you spin this as well?

Hidaway Farms Shetlands said...

Thank you for stopping by! Yes, I did spin the yarn. I guess this shawl has been many years in the making.