Fiona was our last ewe due this year. Her ultrasound put her due date eleven days ago, and we have been anxiously waiting and wondering what was taking so long. Apparently she just had her own timing as she had a perfectly healthy delivery this morning.
We had bred her to a white BFL ram. It was our first time trying out a BFL. Fiona herself is also white. The ultrasound said she had twins and she has been very large the last few weeks (though her wool makes it a bit hard to really tell), so we were expecting white lamb twins. We were very surprised when the first feet began to appear and they were black. And even more surprised when no second lamb followed after the first.
She gave a us one single, large, healthy, pewter-colored ram lamb! His coloring is beautiful, with a dark silvery/grey body, black legs and head, and some pretty white and grey markings on his face. He is a big boy, our biggest baby of the season. His wool is longer than the wool of the other lambs (because of the BFL) and we are really excited to see how it turns out. Fiona is a CVMxMerino and has very fine-wool. So he is a BFL/CVM/Merino, which should be a cool combination and create a nice wool.
We finally got the ram lamb we have been anxiously hoping for! After EIGHT females were born this year! Whooohooo! He will likely be our future flock sire. But he was born too late in the year to breed this coming breeding season, so we will likely buy another ram as well to service the flock this season, and to give us another year breeding Fiona (his mother – since he can’t breed his mother).
He is up and nursing and doing well so far. He is even doing a bit of bouncing and playing, which we don’t usually see in our lambs the first day. So I would say he is strong and vigorous!
That finishes off lambing/kidding season for us. It has been a wild ride this year, with many highs and lows. Quite a rollercoaster of a season for us that started way back on February 14. We had 4 goats kids born (one breech stillborn) and 5 lambs, and there were 8 females and 1 male. The most babies we have ever had born in one season before this was 3, so 9 is a big jump in “production” for our little farm. Quite an adventure! We are beginning to discuss who will stay and who will go, but the final decisions wont be made for a couple of months at the earliest because we will leave all the lambs with their mothers until 10-12 weeks at least. So for now we can just sit back, relax, and enjoy watching the bouncing babies in the barnyard. 😀