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It’s often difficult to tell when a one year-old ewe will lamb. Whereas an older ewe will start developing a significant udder more than a week before giving birth, the first time ewe often doesn’t. Which makes you doubt your calendar. Maybe she’s not pregnant? Maybe the raddle lied and the ram came back a fortnight later?

That’s what happened with this ewe. She was supposed to lamb on Thursday but was showing no signs of imminent labour. From the size of her, she was definitely pregnant but she didn’t look any different to the ewe who was due in 14 days time.

Then, on late Tuesday afternoon, she suddenly went into labour. Two days early and in the woods at the top of the field. So we hastily strawed down a lambing pen and coaxed/pushed/bribed her down from the woods and into the pen.

Normally, a first time ewe will have a single lamb. She had two very small twins. And they were practically black. Here they are, a day later, sniffing noses. They’re three-quarters Suffolk, one quarter Rouge d’Ouest.



And here’s a family group. Showing they may be small but they can still run and leap.



And they’re curious. Especially when humans crouch down to take pictures of them. They’ve got to come over and give you a sniff.




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From:manycolored
Date:April 2nd, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Awww! I love how their skin is loose when they're first born. It's like Mama Nature said, "Here's your sweater and before you say anything I know it's too big, but you'll grow into it before you know it!"
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From:pacific12th
Date:April 2nd, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
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*flails arms* LAMBIES!!!!!!
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From:ghymoreids_mum
Date:April 2nd, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
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those ears!
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From:advancedcookie
Date:April 2nd, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Omg, I want one to love and hug forever. <333
From:oakwind
Date:April 2nd, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Wow! They are so cute. But they don't look that small to me when I think of pushing something like that out to give birth. LOL
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From:chrisdolley
Date:April 2nd, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
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That's what the ewe thought too:)
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From:lizziebelle
Date:April 2nd, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Hee! Lambs! :D
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From:ftemery
Date:April 2nd, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
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I'd nevere find time to go back in the house. Those are adorable.
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From:grygon
Date:April 2nd, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
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my family used to raise some sheep, now i totally miss the babies! i love their legs, so cool looking.
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From:threeoutside
Date:April 2nd, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Egads, my cute cup runneth over. And over. How do you get anything done - I'd be out there, too, playing with them dawn to dusk. Congrats!
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From:kristine_smith
Date:April 3rd, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
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::ded from the cute::

From:wanted_a_pony
Date:April 3rd, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Eeeeee! Lambslambslambslambs!

:: is lost in admiration of their ears & feets ::

Thank you very much for sharing these pics. I haven't been able to play with lambs since I was a child....
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From:antipholus
Date:April 5th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
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Aw dude, now I'm hungry!

;)
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Date:September 2nd, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)

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lamb...cute pictures, haven't got a chance to hold or touched this animal..
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