Learning to Get Along

One lamb at large in the barn is a relatively stable social situation.  The lamb follows his mother, leaves other ewes alone, and everyone is calm.  FIVE lambs at large in the barn changes that dynamic.

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Bonnie’s big ram and little ewe

Released from their lambing jugs, Peggy and her bouncing twin ewes and Bonnie and her handsome ram and small but spirited ewe now  share the increasingly crowded barn space.   Picture harried mothers chasing twins traveling in opposite reactions, older lambs trying to steal milk from unrelated ewes and being duly punished, little lambs approaching strange ewes and being pushed away, lambs bouncing everywhere testing the boundaries of their assigned area, and the oldest lamb trying to climb on everyone.   It’s a little chaotic, to say the least.  I expect it will take some time for everyone to adjust, and pasture space starting in two months can’t hurt, either.

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Making introductions – Dot’s boy, meet Peggy’s girls

Four ewes have lambed – only Shirley remains.  The count is three rams and four ewes with the addition of Bonnie’s boy and girl.   With this many ewe lambs, I am preparing to sell Janet, my jumping sheep.   The other sheep have calmed down and grown accustomed to me, but Janet remains steadfastly wild and I think she would do better in a bigger flock with a stronger and more skilled shepherd.