And then I walk in to feed the ewes and there's a lamb! Kiri had a little ewe lamb. (So much for going by the ram's marking harness) Kiri did get marked the very first day when I put the ram in but then (I think) got marked again in the second cycle. I thought last night her udder was looking pretty full but she wasn't due for 3 more weeks! Even after 10 + years of breeding these beautiful sheep, I can still be surprised.
There were a couple of surprises this morning - first the snow. The yearlings, including Onyx, were out playing in it. Was snow even in the forecast last night?
And here's the picture of Abby I was trying to get last time. Like I said, thank goodness she's so cute.
Lambs start arriving in a week. Now is the time for getting ready: putting fresh bedding in the stalls, making sure I have all the lambing supplies, and frequently checking on the ewes. Its always a guessing game when looking at the increasing size of their bellies - will it be a single, twins or triplets? Jasmine is looking quite big; she's given me triplets twice before. We'll see next week!
Pepper, our Leicester/Tunis cross wether (and Chloe's pet) happily followed me down to the ram's pasture, where I opened the gate. Pepper then led Tony Romo back up to the barn as I called them. Who needs a sheep dog when I've got Pepper?
And the ewes patiently wait for the morning.