In three days we have six new lambs, read about the newest two. See pictures of our newest Barbado Katahdin cross lambs.
As you may recall we had one ewe give birth to twins on March 3, and another ewe had three lambs (but one was dead when we found it) lambs on March 5. This morning (March 6) I walked into the barn to see two more lambs.
Dark Brown Barbado is a very friendly ewe. A lot of people have the idea that Barbado hair sheep are wild and mean, but that has not been our experience with them as we have found them to be gentle. I guess it depends on how they are handled when young. Some people raise the Barbado rams to be used in trophy hunting and maybe they encourage wild behavior, I don’t know.
Anyhow, as I was saying, Dark Brown Barbado had two lambs, they were wet and still pretty new to this world. I carried them to a stall and mom followed. I tried them off a bit and took some pictures. I rub their ears too because on cold days (it was just below freezing) their wet ears are prone to frostbite. Note that I would not rub ears that already had frostbite, I was just doing it to dry them and encourage blood flow.
The ewe lamb has a white marking on her head while the little ram lamb is all brown.
Mom and lambs are currently resting in the barn, I have checked them several times in the day.
We have one more ewe, Patsy, ready to have her lambs. Patsy is spotted and has four horns so it will be interesting to see her new babies.