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Lambing: Day Seventeen

Fifty-four!

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Lately it feels as if our days are consumed with feeding lambs, cleaning up after lambs, barn chores, bottle feeding and so on. Eventually once lambing settles down we'll fall into a new routine again for the summer but for now all bets are off. We could finish our chores in one hour or it might be 1PM before we head in for breakfast, depending on the day.

:: There is a whole pile of cute out there though.

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As of this morning we have 54 lambs running around out there with another seven mamas to go. We've had some big lambs (nearly 14 lbs) and some very tiny lambs (a mere 4 lbs), we've had twins, triplets and a handful of singles. The trend of ram lambs continues.

We've had a lot of success so far. A few health issues and the usual breech lamb or two. As can be expected we've had a single stillborn lamb and lost a lovely ewe lamb at a week old. These things are never "easy" but it does get "easier" each time.

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We'll likely be lambing for another week or two. The next thing on the list is to train all of the lambs on the electric fence and hope the grass grows soon. Then its out to pasture for the summer for these little cuties - when the real fun begins.

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