First time mother Ida and her three-day-old baby boy.
I snapped these photos nearly a month (!) ago, but the barnyard looks just like this now—except these lambs are a lot bigger and there are a lot more of them bouncing around.
Until a few years ago, we didn't start lambing until March or April, so seeing lambs on snow was a rarity. This year our first lambs arrived on January 26th, and this winter we've had more days with snow on the ground than we probably have in the last 19 years.
It's white out there again today (though it's actually ice or ice pellets or whatever they call it when it piles up on the ground but is immediately slick as can be), and we're expecting an arctic blast and 3 to 5 inches of snow by morning. I always thought that zero degrees (F) was too cold for it to snow, but I guess we're going to find out.
Treacherous or not, the frozen landscape is lovely to look at, and our little lambs show up so much better against the bright white of snow than the usual dark winter ground.
Just layer on the outerwear and watch your step. Spring will be here soon enough.
Seven more photos below. . .
Current lamb count: 22. Days since the last lambs were born: 14. Number of ewes who may still surprise us: 2, but I think they're just fat and we're all done!
© FarmgirlFare.com, catching up on sleep and counting some really fast moving little sheep.