Late night birth; glad I checked on the ewes before going to bed

Bradley in the Creep

Bradley in the Creep

I had to assist a bit by breaking the sack away from the second lamb’s face (a ram) while Joanie continued to clean her firstborn. Belle and Bradley, welcome to Bear Creek Farm.

Sombra started experiencing pre-labor agitation about the same time as Joanie, but 8 hours later, nothing was happening. She made a fuss all day; lying down, standing up, crying, grunting, and groaning. It was so stressful for me, I wanted to intervene, but her water hadn’t broken and she was often up and eating. I’m really trying not to assist so much this year. I went in the house to re-read sheep books, and finally found some commentary that said some sheep can exhibit this pre-birth behavior for as long as 24 hours before the baby comes. So I watched and waited. Once Sombra got serious, a single ram lamb, Carlton, was on the ground within minutes of her water breaking.

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