Finally our Finn ewe Snowdrop had her babies!
We were really getting anxious because it had been three weeks since she first started bagging up (aka her udder began filling and getting larger), and we kept thinking she was going to have them any day. But, she kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger to the point we didn’t know how she managed she was so big.
Dad finally decided that she was going to have them this one weekend. He predicted either late Friday or Saturday. We didn’t know how he came to this conclusion so we asked him why he thought this. “Well you guys are going out of town, and I am going to a flea market, no ones going to be home. She’s going to have them.” Why he ever had to say that I don’t know, we started fretting and worrying all Friday at work, even my coworker Stacey was getting anxious because of it. Every time my phone went off we both went “Babies?! Babies?!” and then became disappointed each time it wasn’t a call about lambing. We got through Friday, rushed on Saturday to get home and check, no babies. When we arrived at the farm on Sunday morning we both thought, its baby day. Snowdrop just wasn’t acting right. Her breath rate was increased, she kept stomping her back leg, and she kept giving us the meanest stare down. At 4:15pm I went out to start chores, and there she was down and pushing away. 15 minutes later a beautiful lamb popped out, quickly followed by his two brothers. It was something to watch, the lambs being born, and Snowdrop working away at cleaning them off and getting them dry. Later she decided it was time for them to get up on those spindly little legs and start walking. She would walk a few feet away and turn and start calling to them. Unfortunately the lambs didn’t like their mama walking away from them so they’d start baaaing away and Snowdrop would run back to them to check what was wrong until finally they stood up and start moving around.
They quickly made their home in the food trough.
They’ve grown quickly.
A couple weeks later Marilla our other Finn sheep who was due and we put in with Snowdrop had her lambs. Dad went down to the barn to do morning chores and he goes to throw their grain in their food dish and stopped short. He counted one, two, three, four, five, six?? Marilla’s babies were all cleaned off and up and running around, and Dad almost missed that there were two extras lambs in the pen. Her lambs seemed to be much heavier and sturdier than Snowdrop’s, and one ended up being a girl!! Finally it seemed like boy central this past spring with all the babies.
So all in all the Finn sheep seem to have been a great addition to our farm, and we couldn’t be more proud of the mamas, and of course lets not forget the papas. White Face, and Mr. Badger
Aren’t they the cutest?