This month has been the wettest April on record. The river is really really high, Tonight it flooded, so Becs and I rushed around to move all of the animals to safety including the new lambs.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Ewe 28 had 2 still born lambs in April
Other Ewes had singles at the end of April and beginning of May
Ewe 34 has had 2 healthy twins. 1 Tup4 and 1 Gimmer 5
Ewe 28 (shaggy) has had 1 healthy Gimmer 6.
The soays obviously rallied this weekend and today the first ewe had her lambs. She was pacing about this morning looking very uncomfortable, with her tail up. After around an hour of watching, the first fluid sack came out. She had the first lamb around half an hour later. She lambed standing up so after she’d begun cleaning her up I popped down to lay her flat as her head was tucked under her body. After 10 minutes or so the second waters broke and she quickly lambed the second. As with the first, this one also needed laying out and some mucous clearing from his nose (for some reason with both the ewe started cleaning at the back end which left them blowing bubbles through the membrane!). They were both up and feeding very soon and seem to be doing well now. They are both tagged up and we’re ready for the next ones!
Was too depressed to write this last week, but in addition to the loss of daisy last week we also lost Helena, one of our two naked necks. She had been behaving in a determinedly broody way for a couple of days so we had separated her with a couple of goose eggs. She seemed quite happy with that but then within a day or do I found her dead in her nest box. There can’t really be a link between this and daisy (we think having thought about it more that she was almost certainly squashed by Pierre) but we’re keeping our eye on everyone to check for signs of anything untoward.
Bit baffled this evening as we arrive home after work to find Daisy, one of our girl geese collapsed in a heap on the ground in their pen. Her feathers were a bit ruffled but there was no sign as to why she had died. Pierre and Lucy seemed fine (health wise anyway, but time will tell as to whether they spend the night pining), and we haven’t changed anything about their grazing area at all so we are at a loss to explain what may have happened. We suppose it’s possible that Pierre squashed her when mating with her but that seems unlikely, so perhaps it was a heart attack. It’s very sad when this sort of thing happens, but I guess you can only do your best to pre-empt possible issues. She seemed in very good health and wasn’t looking at all under the weather this morning. She had literally just started laying too for the first time and had laid her 3rd egg this morning. We will probably never know what the problem was 😦
Vita went broody last week, and given that we didn’t have any muscovy eggs to play with (Virginia busy on a nest and a clutch given to our friend for one of her girls to hatch) we thought we’d try her with some goose eggs too. She has taken them under her wing(s) with no bother. The previously mentioned friend had also come by some guinea fowl eggs so we have put a few of those under her too as a bit of an experiment! We think the start date was probably the 10th April.