Thankfully, we were blessed with a beautiful spring day with temperatures rising to almost fifty degrees and a strong, very warm sunshine. We were grateful that almost all the snow was melted by evening.
Bertha who spent the night pacing outside the barn door finally had the great sense to seek shelter in the barn and after a long labor eventually pushed out a whopper of a ram - 13 lbs 11 ozs. He is a beauty (out of Aragorn) and may be a strong candidate for Rebecca's Boaz. We'll see how he grows out over the summer.
The afternoon was quiet, and it was nice to catch up on a little rest. The sheperdess/s have reached the point in the lambing season already where it begins to look as if anyone could go at anytime. Yet, we were a little surprised to find Aibreann cleaning off Border Leicester ewe lambs when we returned to the barn early evening. Weighing 9 lbs 5 ozs and 10 lbs 1 oz, they are really nice size twins. They are out of Aragorn, quite beautiful, and have lovely, feminine faces.
Patience ran into the barn bawling frantically, looking for her lambs several times as Aibreann was cleaning off her twins. Shortly after we moved the new twins into a lambing jug with mama, Patience delivered beautiful twin ewes of her own right outside the corral. They are out of Liam and weighed 8 lbs 11 ozs and 9 lbs 9 ozs. They also have lovely, dainty faces. The twins needed a little assistance getting started eating as Patience has very large nipples. They were doing better at 4:15 this morning but it is still taking them a little while to latch on.
Well, it is a beautiful spring morning. The sun is shining... it's about 45 degrees... the birds are singing.
Let's go birth some babies!