Lamb Watch ’08

We had lambs yesterday, (it was ‘Favorites Wednesday so I had to make you wait…) a black and white ram lamb and a lilac ewe lamb out of our two year old Celeste and sired by our strapping four horned lilac ram, Dub.  The first lambs of the year and my horse barn has turned in to a sheep barn.  We’ve put plywood across the horse stall entries and seperated the ewes into three categories; with child but not lambing soon, lambing soon, and have lambs.  Our stalls are large, 12×24 and we have a 12×12 we’re using as a ‘bonding’ stall or ‘jug.’  It is working out okay and the horses have a lean-to off the side to stay out of the weather. 

Celeste & Twins

Abby, our LGD, has taken quite a vigilence and checks on her babies frequently. 

Abby Lamb Watch '08

Being only five months old, we know that she is going to be quite the livestock guard dog, she has such instinct and is enthralled with those lambs –much to their mother’s disapointment.


Abby tried and tried to do an army crawl into the stall to just be by the lamb’s sides but she was kindly shown the door a few times by Celeste.  Abby wouldn’t take no for an answer and so took a more passive position and accepted just staying at the threshold.

Abby Lamb Watch '08

 She would sometimes leave the lamb’s stall and go to check on the other sheep through a hole in the plywood (thanks to our other ram, Dudley — interior pine board siding is in the plan).

Sheep Check

“Why is she letting that dog spy on us?”  Sophia says to Maud, both being very prego.

Sophia & Maud

Meanwhile 2B our barn kitty looks on… what a bunch of peeping toms!  Ha ha ha.  Hee hee. Ho.  Ahh… (pun intended, but he is ‘fixed’ it just… sounded good)!


The horses, feeling cast out, gathered around outside wondering what all the fuss is about.   

“Lambs?  Who cares about those little snivley things?  Where’s the food!?”

I’ve also decided that my horses aren’t shades of dun, they’re actually trendy barn colors; weathered siding, aged copper, rust.

So, to celebrate our new arrivals Annie and I took a spin on Deere.

Deere Drivn'

Bouncing down our old dirt road is a favorite past time, and puts her to sleep quite well.

We came back to our trusty five month old pooch, waiting patiently to come back from her shift of lamb watching.

She’s a good doggy.  And did I mention she’s the same size, exactly, as our boxer mix and our border collie mix… already?!


About mudranch

I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on February 7, 2008, in Abigail, Jacob Sheep, LGD, News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Nice photos……..Cute little babies and what a sweet pup!

  2. Abby is getting so big! I’m glad to hear that she is taking on her guardian role and watching over her babies 🙂 Your lambs are adorable – congratulations! It sounds like you have fixed the barn up nicely for them!

  3. Cute lambs and Lovely photographs, as always, How sweet is Abby, she is certainly getting into her role of protector very well.. o and did I mention, she is absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  4. She’s pretty. Your dog I mean, Is she full Anatolian or has she got something else in there too?

    Our Atticus was bred as an LGD but wasnt good at it so now he’s a Mum GD.

  5. Cute! I’ve always thought Jacobs were cool with those horns, and the biblical story that comes with them is just too awesome. Can’t wait for Bessie to give us our first of the season (probably another month.)

    BTW…make haste to the diaries or the forum, dear!

  6. Ahhhh … those lambs are so adorable! What a smart pup learning her job, already. Will enjoy watching these babes grow up.

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