Girlie is a part hair sheep, part wool sheep, she sheds in a strange manner and will probably need shearing in the spring – if we ever get it. She had twin lambs on March 10, 2011, a boy, and a girl, both are orange in color. You can read more here. Bet you have not seen too many orange sheep?
Here is Girlie sheep, with her two lambs at a week old. Crystal, the llama, watches over, she just loves new lambs, the big guy on the right is the father a Katahdin ram. The white lamb is just somebody who wanted their picture taken! You may note we do not dock tails of our sheep, and this is not needed with hair sheep!
This is Girlies second lambs, last year we had to bottle feed one of her lambs as she was a bit confused about having two.
On March 19, 2011, our youngest ewe, Baby Katahdin had two lambs also. Two lambs is a lot of work for a first time mother so we will have to watch her closely, her grandmother nearly always had triplets. One of hers, the male, is white; the other is brown and has white speckles on its face and lower legs, this being a female – she will be quite unique looking when she gets bigger.
Baby Katahdin, and her lambs, are all hair sheep they will get longer coats in the winter, and shed in the summer. Baby Katahdin, I guess, cannot be called “Baby” any longer, I shall probably call her Pumpkin or something, but that is what I am also calling Girlie’s lambs right now – Pumpkin lambs.
Feel free to leave name suggestions for Baby Katahdin in the comments. If you want to see her own baby picture, click this link, she looked like a cute puppy when she was little!
That brings our total for 2011 to 18 lambs, (plus 9 ewes and one ram) an even mix of ewe lambs and ram lambs. Now where is spring? Winter had many days that were -39C… which is really, really cold. We have had more snow than usual, and have even had to make paths through the snow for our sheep.
A couple of weeks ago it looked like spring was on the way, temperatures were melting (although still below normal for this time of year in central Alberta, Canada). Two days ago snow started falling again – as if we have not had enough!
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