Last night Flower went into labor just before 10pm and just after 10:30pm she gave birth to a healthy and rambunctious little ewe lamb! While I found a lot of video's of sheep giving birth there were very few of an ewe in the first stages of labor. So I took a video of Flower in the first stages of labor prior to her water breaking. Video and pictures of Sheena (Flower's daughter) after the jump.
THEY'RE OUT!!! Woohoo! Yesterday I finally moved all of the chicks from the basement out to the coop with the rest of the chickens. Normally it's a bad idea to just plop a bunch of unknown birds together, but I did it during the evening when everyone was getting ready to sleep. Dumpling fought a little bit with some of the hens, but our older rooster Zorro didn't even care, and let Dumpling take over as head rooster without a fight. Now tonight I will be cleaning up the basement so the furnace people can come and fix it - cause I think all the dust has gotten into the furnace and it needs a good cleaning. After that we will be setting up a bigger pen to put Flower in so I can keep and eye on her.
Yes, Flower is most definitely preggo and I'm a nervous mess over it. She is probably due within the next few weeks so I want to get her over to our house asap so she has time to settle in before she gives birth. The only place we have to put her that is quite and secure is our basement - I can't wait until we move and have a barn - basements are not built for this kind of use! As she gets bigger I grow more neurotic. I have a list of supplies that I need to get from Tractor Supply and I'm hoping that everything goes smooth so I don't have to call my veterinarian friend over in the middle of the night. For anyone else that is a first timer at this whole lambing thing here is the list of supplies I need.
Lube (i.e. Vaseline or you can buy the livestock stuff at TS, or KY if you have some lying around) ~ just incase the lamb gets stuck in the birthing canal.
Gloves ~ because it's gonna be messy - I have some regular gloves but I may need the ones that go up your arm just incase.
Iodine w/cup ~ to disinfect the umbilical cord area on the lamb.
Feeding Tube w/ syringe ~ just incase I need to force feed the lamb.
Electrolytes ~ another just incase the lamb is dehydrated.
Nutrient Drench ~ incase the lamb needs a pick me-up, it’s like a multi-vitamin.
Pritchard Nipples & Bottles ~ for feeding the lambs if Flower can't.
Colostrum ~ Just incase Flower doesn't or can't nurse.
Milk Replacer ~ If either I decided to put Flower back with the rest of the herd and keep the lamb(s) at the house, or if Flower can't or won't nurse.
Flower is getting HUGE! I though she was just packing on the pounds because its winter and her coat was thicker, but now I'm not so sure. I have been looking at photos of pregnant sheep and her belly looks similar. I need to keep a close eye on her, because if she is preggo she should be due sometime in March. The last time Dunkin was together with the females was in October, and at the time he was only 5mth old! I can't wait to see what happens!
So this week we switched the goats and sheep around. We have Ashes, Flower, Keera and Faye in one pen and Duncan, Ollie and Sophie in the other pen. We decided that because Faye is so tiny it might be dangerous to breed her with Ollie because he is so much bigger. We were going to breed Duncan with Flower, but Flower was getting to stressed when we put them together so there will be no little lambs this spring. The goats should kid out sometime in May *fingers crossed*.
Back at the house the chicks where escaping from their original brooder, so we took a baby pen and put a peg board over it to keep them in. I can't wait to get them out of the basement though, they made a HUGE mess running around. We have quite a few roosters, but all of them look like they will make a good diner after they grow out.
So far I have 19 chicks, 1 egg pipping and 2 eggs not doing a thing. All of the chicks look like Black Australorps, but I know at least a few of them are mixes.
Well, looks like the hatch is done. Egg number 3 appears to be a dud, but I will leave it in the incubator for another day or two just encase.