Friday, April 03, 2009

Friday Dose of Cute: Black Babes for Black Beauty


BB (aka Black Beauty) and Her Newborn Twin Girls Very Early this Morning

During the winter our sheep eat organic homegrown hay supplemented with natural grains—usually oats and alfalfa pellets tossed with some dried molasses (yes, that would be livestock candy), along with kelp, a calcium mineral mix, garlic and onion powder, and diatomaceous earth which is a natural wormer.

It's especially important for pregnant ewes to have grain during the last six weeks of their five month gestation period because as the growing babies inside them become bigger, the ewes' four stomachs become smaller, and it's physically impossible for them to ingest all the calories they need from hay alone.

We feed grain in the late afternoon or early evening because I once read that will promote daylight births. So far this year it isn't working. For the second night in a row, I went down to the barn at 2am to do a preg check and found a new set of twins, this time BB's. I didn't get back to sleep until around 5:30, but mother and those stylish black babies are doing just fine.

Current lamb count: 9. Number of ewe lambs: 7 (!)

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21 comments:

  1. Totally cute little lambies!

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  2. Ok, your pictures are really making me want to get a lapful of baby lambs to hug. What cuties! And what an assortment of colors. The letter is F this year, isn't it? Should we all start thinking of F names?

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  3. Nice! Perhaps feeding grain in the late afternoon promotes eye lambs?

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  4. BAA BAA BLACKSHEEP...HAVE YOU ANY WOOL?! Oh, they are SO cute!

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  5. Oh, they're lovely. Glad to hear Mama managed it all on her own with no trouble.

    -Sheryl

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  6. They are beautiful! Did you update your banner?

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  7. That's a lot of girls. I don't know if you keep all the girls, but if you do, your flock is expanding rapidly. Better get ready to put up more hay this summer . . .

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  8. I'm so entranced with these darlings and their Mommies. What beauties!

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  9. Wow - lots of ewes! I'm with Kristin on this - get ready for lots of future birthing adventures!

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  10. I love the little black lambs. I wish they stayed that color.

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  11. Hazarding an incredibly non-fact-based guess here, but sheep are prey animals so maybe it's safer for them to give birth under cover of darkness?
    Or not...
    Whatever, they are adorable. Lucky you to be able to go pet them whenever you want.

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  12. I'd been told that if you feed later in the morning they will lamb in the daytime. I feed around 10am. The latest baby was born at 11:30pm, the earliest at 7am. Of course we're only talking about five ewes but for me it seems to be working...

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  13. Aw! I have always wanted a black lamb!

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  14. They are all just so stinkin' cute!

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  15. You've got such a wonderful number of babes!

    What are you going to do with them all?

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  16. Beauties! They are such beauties. I hope lambing is going smoothly.

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  17. Oh my goodness. I go away for a week, and all of a sudden, you have baby lambs. I didn't think I'd ever see anything as cute as the little black baby, and then I scrolled down to Annette's babies, and saw the Chocolate and.... "Butter Pecan"...

    C'est adorable. Gor-geous. Conratulations on all the healthy babies, and I hope that one lost little newbie imprints with someone soon.

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  18. Well, one of my Shetlands had her first lamb at 1:00 yesterday afternoon (the warmest day we've had since last October) - and had lamb #2 several hours later! All three ewes who have lambed so far (one to go) have done so during daylight hours, and in nice weather. For what it's worth, I grain morning and evening.

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  19. So cute! Bookmarked for my next bad day, because how can you possibly be unhappy when looking at something that adorable?!

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  20. They are so cute you should never let them out of your sight. I can't help but stare now but imagine these babies all grown up!

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