Meg’s Turn at a Lambing Post

Seems like this is a yearly tradition for me — to snap someone’s lambing on my camera.  This year it is Blue Ewe Meg’s turn, and her little sweetie-pie-pumpkin-potato is sired by Kenleigh’s Lancelot.  WARNING: Graphic birth photos ahead.

Annie and I were headed over to a friend’s house to visit puppies this morning and all the girls (ewes) had finished their breakfast quite a while earlier.  As we were driving past the pasture they were all currently in, I noticed someone was laying down and she didn’t look comfortable.  So we swung around and went back to the house to park the truck.  Grab my “crash kit” (lambing time essentials) and a camera and off we went up to the pasture she was in.  There in front of us was a vast expanse of sheep everywhere.  I stopped and asked my four year old, “Which one is lambing?”  She scans the crowd and points directly at Meg.

So I ask this young smarty-pants how she knew that.  “Well, she is laying down.”  So I replied that a lot of them were, how else did she know that one was the one lambing?  “Because she’s pushing.”  Yep, tell me my four year old isn’t getting a lot of life experience right now.  I’m always amazed at how bright she is, and observant!  Meg was pushing, and baa’ing too.  I’ve actually never experienced such a noisy birth! 

Meg also got up and wandered around quite a bit, moving from large area to large area — searching, laying, baa’ing, and moving again.  Very restless which seemed a little unusual.  This was also Meg’s first time lambing so I was on high alert hoping and praying that everything went well for her.  I kept zooming in with my camera, trying to get a good view of her rear looking for those two little white dots that indicate the lamb is coming out correctly — front hooves first, nose second.

Finally I did spot the little slippers poking out, but was not expecting a pink nose — it actually stumped me at first because most of the time (in Jacobs) the nose is dark so that’s what I normally see.  I started to worry again, was this the rear end?  More zooming and a few more pictures napped showed me that my nerves were all for not.  It was indeed a nose.  And Meg was still wandering around.

She didn’t go far and finally settled on a position, right behind an old rock foundation for an 1800’s barn that used to be on the property.  She quickly laid down and did a few more big pushes.

Once a ewe gets the head and shoulders pushed out, the rest comes fairly easily.

The urge to clean that baby starts even before the lamb is all the way out.  Meg quickly got up which usually looks a little scary since the lamb basically falls out, but they land gently and the sack and umbilical are quickly torn away enabling the lamb to breathe.

Then comes the very intense first bath.  It always amazes me how the ewe knows to go for the face and get that cleaned first, getting the sack off the nose is essential to the lambs breathing.  The ewe instinctively knows that.

Speaking of instincts, not much longer and that lamb is getting to her feet as quickly as possible.  This was a failed attempt, but with a couple more tries, she was on her feet.

Then going for her first sip of milk.  This is where I step in and take care of the umbilical chord and banding of the tail then I walk away, leaving ewe and lamb to bond.  I come back a while later to check on them and the lamb is dry, cleaned, and peacefully napping.

Just the way it should be.  And thus, Marigold was born.


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 28, 2012, in Jacob Sheep and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. A beautiful report! It made my day having read it in the morning 🙂 Greetings from Hungary

  2. Joan congrats on a cute lamb. what kind of puppies were you going to look at!! I like the lamb is she lilac i would like to watch her grow out i need some mud ranch sheep =]

    • Hi Josh, thanks for commenting. 🙂 We were visiting some Golden Retrievers and have been every week since they were born (four weeks ago). But, I can’t say we’re in the market for one — though Annie might be.

      Marigold is a lilac, Ill put you on my list. Thanks! 😀

  3. How lovely. Thanks so much for sharing.
    I’m going to be getting Jacob’s this year.
    I have Icelandic, Navajo Churros and with the Jacobs it fill my ranch with so much color.
    I’m very excited.
    Elayne in a very snowy day in Idaho.

    • Hi Elayne! Snowy day here too, thankfully the lambs are snug in the barn. I’m heading out now, to scout for more.

      You’ll enjoy the Jacobs, especially since you have the other two breeds. What a beautiful flock you’ll have!

  4. Marigold is smiling! Sooooo precious!

  5. Joan, did you see the story of the quintuplet lambs in the UK sired by a Jacob?

    Love your stories!

  6. That’s amazing! I am so excited to see the lambing process. You took such detailed pics. Beautiful! Can’t wait for new names and more pics of newborn lambs. Debbie

  7. Thanks for posting these pictures. I’m so excited to see Meg’s first lamb! Seems only yesterday when she was a lamb herself, and it looks as though she’s a wonderful mom.

    • Hi Sally! Thank you for stopping by my blog. 🙂 I’m so excited to have Meg in my flock, she is a wonderful addition. A lovely ewe, and a great mother.

  8. I’m so happy Meg found such a welcoming home! Marigold looks quite adorable!
    All the best for lambing 🙂

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