Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lamb birth...

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.


  1. Oh thank you so much for this....I loved it.
    I have never seen a lamb give birth. How precious!
    This really made my day....I'm going to share this with my husband.
    Thank you for sharing this, Corinne

  2. Amazing! The ewe is so relaxed. I wonder if they are relieved when they just have one lamb. Less work!
    Thank you for sharing, Jody!

  3. I just love your top photograph with the baby lamb, that is excellent. When lambing starts it goes fast. I always loved the spring when the lambs started arriving.
    Well at least you caught something on video. :)

  4. Wow Jody! That's awesome! (And it doesn't even look that cold there.) Doesn't it make you crazy nervous to see that little baby just lying there after it drops? I'd be wanting to rush in, give it a bath and lead it to the milk bar right away!

  5. Sounds like lambing is going well. Nothing cuter than a baby lamb.

  6. am reading this as others nearby are sleeping so had to mute the sound but what a wonderful miracle it is~!
    i'll view again later with the sound on . . . that does souns like a good excuse to see it twice right? . . .
    thank you for sharing.


    LOVE the lamb shot in your header~!!!~

  7. Ever so precious how they bond Jody and I love the quiet little baa from the lamb;)
    Ann x

  8. Oh my. What a cute little baaa. Mama sure made that look easy, but I'm thinking I would have to fight the urge to boil water or something. Sweet!


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