|New Forest Ouessant Sheep||
Hickory has gone off to his new home as I wanted a different ram to mate with my ewes and their daughters next season
I shall have to say goodbye to Larch soon, as she is going to be with her sister, who was sold earlier. Larch is going with her mum who will be returned to me at weaning time. The new owner is now hooked on these charming Ouessants.
Had the ewes shorn yesterday, oh what a racket, the babies didn't recognise their mums as their scent was removed with the fleece and of course the ewes looked - well different somehow - Bald and ugly. no wonder the lambs were frightened when they saw their mums. so there was calling back and forth all day between the lambs and mums. Today its a lot quieter.
So when is a Ouessant not a Ouessant? When it looks like this !! (photo to follow)
Yew today was our 'firstborn', arrived this morning at about 2am, I was up again at 4am and just missed it, last visit was midnight. Mother and baby doing well . Lovely strong ewe lamb.
Her name is Yew not only because she is a ewe, but I am choosing 'foresty' names as were are in the New Forest also her father is Hickory and his mother was Hazel, so we are following tradition.
2 more due this week.
Day 3 and Yew is galloping around the paddock and doing that bouncing forward with all four feet touching the floor together, her mum just cant keep up with her now.
The girls are getting pretty fed up with their lumps, I think they wish it was all over.
We have been busy getting the maternity suite ready, we have 2 mothering pens for the first 24 hours.
The chicken mesh screens on the door and the divider in the shed are ready so that we can shut them in at night in case Mr. Fox comes snooping around, though I have not seen one for years.
Definately felt a lamb kicking in Jenna's tum, so Hickory has done his job even though he was very young. First lamb due on the 23 April.
This is Alan's artistic view of the paddock, I think its quite a good effect.