Thursday, February 28, 2013
Lamb birth from Jody Courtney on Vimeo.
I've been hoping to get a video recording of a live lamb birth and today I just happened to have my camera in my pocket at the right time, however, I didn't quite get the actual birth recorded. I had a glitch in my video-taking skills, and one moment's glitch ended up being The Moment. Still, you will get a feel for what I mean about the ewes "dropping lambs." They literally do drop them right out sometimes, and no harm is done. In this case, she did. You'll see the lamb go from lying still, to shaking her head, and then "talking" to her mama. Mama Ewe immediately starts licking off her baby and "talks" to her. I always think that the communication between animal mothers and their babies is awesome. You see the bonds forming immediately. This ewe only had the one lamb. The flock is still leaning strong to twins and triplets with an occasional single lamb. Today our drop bunch (remaining ewes left to lamb) is down to just 21 head. We should be done lambing within a few days.