Two more of our Shetlands have lambed. The binoculars have been sitting at the window for several days now. Every few hours we look out to see if there are any new lambs. (We’re not at all anxious for more Shetland babies are we?)
Ophelia with her triplets. Well, you can not quite see all three. If you notice the blue on the one lambs leg, that is a splint. While doing chores the other evening we found that one of the ram lamb’s was not walking on one of his legs. When we caught him we discovered that the little guy had somehow broken his leg.
Lambing season is the best time to work with the ewes in getting them to become friendlier. When you grab the lambs the mamas will come up to you and you can work on getting them used to your smell and being handled. Ophelia is one of our best moms.
I would like to take a moment here to explain how Josephina got her name. She was born a triplet on a very cold day. We went out to check the lambs and found her colder and weaker than her brother and sister. We felt if we did not get her warmed up she was not going to make it. So she was brought inside and we cut the sleeve off of a sweater that was destined for Goodwill and put it on her to help her stay warm.Because of the colorfulness of the sweater it made us think of Joseph in Genesis and his coat of many colors, so, all we did was make the name feminine.