Last October 2012 when I introduced the Zwartbles Rams to the Zwartbles Ewes I was hoping for a very concise lambing near the beginning of March 2013. I painted a marker color onto the rams chest area so that when he mates with a ewe he leaves paint all over their backside showing me the deed has been done.

Whiskey the ram Inspecting his paint

Whiskey the Ram Inspecting His Paint

After 3 weeks I change the paint color to see what ewes are covered by the ram a second time around.

Ram Marked in the Second Cycle.
A Ram Marked Ewe in the Second Cycle.

This ewe was the only one to show the yellow of the second color of paint. I could have almost predicted that this would happen to this particular ewe as she always likes to be last to lamb.

March 29 & Still Waiting

March 29 and Still Waiting

So all the flock had lambed and I was left waiting for this one ewe to lamb. Waiting and Waiting!! She happily eating and sleeping in a nice cozy stable, not really bothered but getting bigger and bigger as the days past.

Then April Fools Day Arrives:

A water bag makes it's first appearance

A Waterbag Makes it’s First Appearance

I’m pretty sure she will need help as she is well over due so the lambs will be very big when they are ready to come out. So I stick around and let her do her thing as much as possible before I will intervene.

Straining to Give Birth

Straining to Give Birth

Straining and pushing, so far a pair of front toes and nose all correct. My mug of tea is sitting in the window as she came over to lie down next to me. I only moved away to take a photo returning to the window to sit and wait. 

Here comes the front legs and head

Here comes the front legs and head

 The water bag didn’t break so I had to drop the camera phone and pop and pull this huge ram lamb out.

 So I pulled the lamb out & around for the Maaa to clean.


Maa  Cleaning Her First Born.

After pulling the ram lamb out making and sure its air ways were clear and it was breathing easily, I then placed him right under her nose so she could clean him up.

 She got busy cleaning around the nose area like all good mother do.


She got busy cleaning around the nose area like all good mother do.

 The lamb lifts it's wobbly head & both Maa & lamb mumble & mutter to each other.


The lamb lifts it’s wobbly head, both Maa and lamb mumbling and muttering to each other.

 Nothing like a good Mothers tongue to work her magic at drying & cleaning up her new baby


Nothing like a good Mothers tongue to work her magic at drying and cleaning up her new baby

 Finally up on his wobblies looking for first suckle


Finally up on his wobblies looking for first suckle.

Multi tasking like no other!! Nursing and cleaning her first born while second lamb is on the way. You can see two white front hooves sticking out under her tail. I end up having to pull this one out as well and it took some strength!! It was a huge ram lamb.

Nursing & cleaning first born while second lamb is on the way.

Nursing and Cleaning First Born While Second Lamb is on the Way.

Two huge ram lambs and I feel that there still might be more to come. As time passes I come to realize there are no more lambs just these two enormous ones.

Older brother looks on as twin get a bath

Older Brother Looks on as His Twin Gets a Bath

Two brothers meet for first time outside the cozy confines of the womb

Two Brothers Meet for First Time Outside the Cozy Confines of the Womb

Mothers work will not be done for a while as both boys need to get dry, warm & first milk

Mothers Work Will Not be Done for a While as Both Boys Need to Get Dry, Warm and First Milk.

Loads of muttering & baby baaaaing going on as big brother is feeling left out

Loads of Muttering and Baby Baaaaing Going on as Big Brother is Feeling Left Out

Second lamb gets up and is huge, so much so that his front legs keep knuckling over. This is due to the fact he was so big inside his Mother that he was very tightly curled up. You can see the front left bending over in the photograph..

You can see the front left bending.

The Front Left Pastern Bending.

Hoping he will over come his knuckling pasterns I go feed other animals and return. He is still trying but not succeeding in nursing from his Maa.

Second Lamb is Still Trying to Nurse

Second Lamb is Still Trying to Nurse

His older brother is fine resting under the warmth with a full belly of colostrum.

The Older Brother Staying Warm Under the Heat Lamp

The Older Brother Staying Warm Under the Heat Lamp

So I take the second lamb and straighten his pasterns out wrapping them with vet wrap, then strengthen with several wraps of duct tape, creating a soft cast to support bendy limbs.

You can see the Duct Tape Around His Pasterns

You can see the Duct Tape Around His Pasterns

Bingo he is a happy baby and is suckling almost at once. I’ll leave them on for only 24/48 hours as lambs grow so fast.

The Lamb Suckeling With Gusto His Tail A Blurr of Happiness

The Lamb Suckling With Gusto His Tail A Blurr of Happiness

Two happy HUGE ram lamb twins snoozing off the trauma of birth with Maaa watching over them.

Two Happy HUGE Ram Lamb Twins Snoozing off the Trauma of Birth with Proud Maaa Watching Over Them.

 

I've just removed the wrapped front pasterns from lamb on right. He now looks down on his old brother. Both legs not a bother on him.

I’ve just removed the soft castes from the front pasterns from lamb on right. He now looks down on his old brother. Both legs are fine not a bother on him.

 He is trotting happily off to his Maaa.


He is Trotting Happily off to His Maaa.

One Response to Farm Diary: The Last to Lamb April 1st 2013

  1. Great post. Love happy endings :-).

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