Lambing 2011 – in pictures!

This last week has been a week of lambs and interrupted nights – it’s not easy trying to sleep when you have a LambCam TV set next to the bed. And it’s on all night – both sound and picture – in case any of the ewes in the maternity stable start to give birth.

Note to all ewes: teeth grinding is not good for you.

It all began on Saturday morning when the first ewe produced twin girls (see above – click on any of the pictures to get the full size photo). All the lambs are three-quarters Suffolk, one quarter Rouge d’Ouest.

Then on Wednesday the boys took over and we had two sets of twins. Both sets had one darker twin and one spotty twin. This one is the brother of the lamb at the top of this post.

And here are the other two. They are only a day old in this picture and already they move so fast that a nose can move out of shot between the finger press and the picture being taken.

Yesterday we had a single boy – a huge specimen. Here he is this morning demonstrating that no one looks their best in the early morning.

Chris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. His novel – Resonance (Baen) – can be downloaded for free here. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf

Recently released from Book View Press: French Fried true crime, animals behaving badly and other people’s misfortunes. Imagine A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.

International Kittens of Mystery. If you like a laugh and looking at cute kitten pictures this is the book for you. It’s a glance inside the International Kittens of Mystery – the only organisation on the planet with a plan to deal with a giant ball of wool on a collision course with Earth. Forget Bruce Willis and his team of miners. Send for the kitties!




Lambing 2011 – in pictures! — 12 Comments

  1. dear black face babies, you make my 4-h heart go pitter pitter,

    miss you guys so much,


  2. Mother nature gave lambs extra points in the cuteness contest.

    Chris, I don’t think you’ve ever said — are you raising sheep for wool or for meat? Both? I know you say you keep the horse for manure, but an entire herd of sheep?

    They make the place look like a farm even from a distance! Now, if you can just keep them out of the garden….

  3. Chris,

    Will the darker lambs stay dark? If so I know a bunch of spinners and knitters drooling over the wool possibilities. Of course shipping the wool to Oregon is a bit prohibitive when we only have to go go down the road a piece for sheep, llama, alpacas, etc.

  4. We used to keep Icelandic sheep for spinning – they have the extra long guard hairs and make excellent jumpers. But Shelagh doesn’t have time to spin anymore and there’s no real market for wool these days – shepherds outnumber spinners by a large factor. So we keep 3 lambs for meat and the rest we sell for breeding or lawnmowing:)

  5. The dark lambs will lighten a bit. Their faces and legs will stay dark brown but the fleece will be white.

    Think Shaun the Sheep – black faces, white wool, big ears.

  6. So cute!

    We used to have a couple of farms raising sheep near my home, but the farmers have all given up in the past few years, so I haven’t seen any lambs this spring yet.

  7. How utterly adorable! I’m surprised sheep haven’t taken over the world by now…

  8. I miss lambing. Sort of. I miss lambs. I miss the joy of new wet life. I don’t miss the sleepless nights and endless mucking out ;). (We used to breed Romney Marsh sheep, over here in BC, Canada). We now have a small herd of 5 ewes who live a life of leisure — and feel no need to grind their teeth ;).