Riddlesden Jacobs

A site about a West Yorkshire flock of Jacob Sheep

April Fool Babies

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Catch up post number 2. Twins born on 1st April.

I think I mentioned before that we had brought our Number 6 into the shed overnight a few days ago because she wasn’t right. We knew she couldn’t be far off lambing and the chart suggested Saturday. I did the Thursday bed time check and at 10.30pmish Number 6 was tucked up under a Hawthorn tree close to the path. It’s an unusual spot for her to be. Little Stumpy had her twins there, too so I wasn’t sure whether Number 6 was just looking out for the lambs or whether she was there to lamb herself. It is also the spot where the ewes often put their lambs last year so I left Kath a note to make sure she checked that ewe and that spot in the morning.

Kath did the early shift and was there about 4.30am and Number 6 had had twins. She had licked one clean and was attending to the other. Kath brought them in because the weather was cold and damp.

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The ewe seemed sore when the lambs tried to drink she stamped her feet. Kath checked she had milk which she did and decided to give Number 6 a painkiller to make sure she would feed the little ones. Her udder was so full and tight that it’s not surprising it was a bit tender. She settled down once the lambs had had some milk.

The twins are both girls and one in particular melted our hearts – mainy because of this picture Kath took just after she got them in.

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Our friend Abbie has named her Ellie. Both are like their mum – quite white bodies but with dark wool around their necks. Ellie also has a cute little dark patch on her right shoulder/armpit. It’s so hard not to worry about them and trust the ewes and these two little ones seemed to be alseep a lot. We kept prodding them to get up just to make sure they were ok and every time Number 6 gave us that ‘oh come on, I know what I’m doing, please let them sleep’ look.

Author: Jess Guth

Dr Jess Guth is a Senior Lecturer in Law. She blogs at jessguth.com She also doesn't really run - reallynotarunner.com

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