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        03-30-2014, 04:50 PM
    My lambing thread

    Well it looks like our first lamb will be here in the next week or so hopefully so I figured I would start a lambing thread. After our worst winter yet were we lost 3 sheep in as many days and almost lost half the rest of the flock we are getting very nerves about lambing this year. I haven't got any resent picture of most of them as they are not looking their best but I am sure you guys don't mind as long as I add lamb photos at a later date. We breed predominantly purebred shetlands with the occational Cheviot cross Shetland and this year we will be having our first 3/4 Shetland 1/4 cheviot lamb.

    So firstly let me introduce the dad of the lambs. Sadly we lost him to CCN at the end of January and he was only a baby making the lambs that bit more special. His name was Odin he was a black flecked ram lamb and one of the nicest sheep we have owned we had planned to show him this summer and were ever excited about his future sadly it was obviously not to be.
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        03-30-2014, 05:01 PM
    So firstly I will introduce the 3 older ewes that were part of our foundation flock.
    Firstly our golden oldy, Dusty a 12 year old grey katmoget purebred Shetland this/these lamb/s will be her last she looks like she might be having twins but with this ewe you never know.
    Next is Panda she is 6 and is black flecked also a purebred Shetland I am most excite about this cross.
    Lastly is Mopsy a huge north county cheviot 6 year old ewe.
        03-30-2014, 05:10 PM
    The next three.
    Dora is the daughter of Panda she is also black flecked but she is horned she is 3 this year.
    Elska is a new ewe to the flock we bought her from the same person as Odin this summer as she is very similar to a pair of ewes we have lost in the past. She is black shaela flecked she is also 3 this year I think.
    Then their is Destiny she is the daughter of Dusty she is a fawn katmoget ewe who is 2 this year, we are slight nervous about this ewe as she had a lot of problems lambing last year and we ended up loosing her lamb.
        03-30-2014, 05:21 PM
    The next three.
    Firstly Amelia so named after Amelia Earhart as she was flown to use from on of the outer islands , she is only of the toughest sheep we own, she is supposed to be morit gulmoget flecked she is also 2 this year.
    Belle is another home bred ewe she was out of a favourite ewe of ours Bumble who we lost just before lambing last year. Belle is a morit fleclet horned ewe and holds a special place in our flock she also looks like she is about to lamb any day now.
    Blossom is Belle's twin sister she whoever is black with just a little white on her head.
        03-30-2014, 05:29 PM
    Now the last three they are all homebred lambs from last year.
    Firstly Misty, she is Mopsy's daughter so she is half cheviot therefore she is white.
    Next Diane she is daughter of Dusty and full sister to Destiny, she is fawn badger face
    Last but not least Petal she is daughter of Dora, she is one of my favourites she is grey katmoget.
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        04-04-2014, 01:18 PM
    Still no lambs. Is she a sheep or a goat???

    Well we are still rather impatiently awaiting our first lamb of the year, I should learn to be patient as they could be due anywhere from now until the end of July but some are looking closer so fingers crossed.

    So now for the quandary. Is she a Sheep or is she a goat? She says she is a goat but I say she is a sheep what do you thank
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        04-04-2014, 01:59 PM
    They are lovely! Can't wait to see baby lambys!
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        04-04-2014, 08:11 PM
    Oh my goodness, they're so cute! 8D I'm sorry to hear the year has been tough for your sheepies ): Subbing, for all the cuteness.
        04-07-2014, 10:41 AM
    This old ewe is driving me insane

    ARGGGGG!!!!!! This old ewe is driving me insane, I can't decide if she is starting out with labour or she has the strangest case of hiccups (can sheep even get hiccups?) She is lying down and chewing cud like normal but then every minute or 2 she will stop then have this hiccup like movement then start chewing again. If this is labour she has never done this before and she has lambed 5 times for us or maybe I have just missed it in the past.

    Oh by the way it is dusty and she is usually one of the first to lamb last year was the first year she wasn't first to lamb she was second to lamb
        04-07-2014, 10:51 AM
    I'm starting to think hiccups now as she is up licking at their lick, seriously girl are you trying to make me grey before my time.I'm starting to think hiccups now as she is up licking at their lick, seriously girl are you trying to make me grey before my time.

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