Riddlesden Jacobs

A site about a West Yorkshire flock of Jacob Sheep

Ellie finds her legs

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Catch up post number 5. Ewe Number 6 wanted to be out. Her babies did not. She appeared in the shed doorway several times calling her little ones and had to go back because they didn’t move. Eventually though they came with her and after a spectacular face plant in the mud just outside the doorway and an accompanying protest bleat, both lambs were out.

20160402_173552Once out they clearly enjoyed the space and the ability to try out their legs and Number 6 was obviously pleased to be out and grazing. She kept the lambs fairly close but let them run about a bit. They’re both quite bouncy but neither had particularly reliable brakes so the easiest way to stop is to face plant.

Once out of the shed Number 6 took her lambs across the field closer to the rest of the flock and seemed unconcerend when our gimmers went to have a look at her lambs. We watched them for ages and they were just playing and enjoying the fresh air. Mole hills are particularly fun for bouncing on it seems.


When I came back for the evening and bed time checks Number 6 had taken her lambs back into the shed – or maybe they had taken her. They were right at the back of the shed tucked up in a big pile of straw and Number 6 was guarding the door. When I came to check the others penned in the shed she stood by me and nuzzled my pockets until I got the message and got her some food.

I think it had been a very exciting and exhausting day for Ellie and her sister and I also think Number 6 was more than happy for them to just be asleep in the shed so she got get some peace just grazing by the door.



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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