What a surprise!

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What a surprise!

Postby Chris Kurzfeld » 08 Mar 2013, 10:36

I was having a year off lambing this year so no ram hired last year!! The ewes thought different - God knows how but two have given birth!!!! Either one of last years ram lambs managed it at the tender age of 4 months or a ram from the two neighbouring farms managed it somehow!!! Anyway - I now have 2 healthy - huge - ewe lambs. The first I knew of them being pregnant was when I went to feed the sheep and found one giving birth!! I inspected the others and found one other who gave birth at ten to midnight on Monday! No photos I'm afraid, still having problems with chrome and photobucket (although the forums seem to be better )
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Re: What a surprise!

Postby drfish » 08 Mar 2013, 11:56

Can they not store the 'good stuff' from a previous mating? I know some mammals can, but know bugger all about sheep other than they taste good with mint sauce. :grin:

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Re: What a surprise!

Postby brooksidepoultry » 08 Mar 2013, 20:36

:shock: :shock: Well I bet that was a surprise chris, but I don't think it will harm & at least their ewe lambs that you can hopefully breed from again :lol: - Do you think you'd better get the others checked just in case? x
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Re: What a surprise!

Postby Chris Kurzfeld » 09 Mar 2013, 09:19

No drfish I don't think they can, interesting concept though :grin:

Have checked the other 7 bsp and none are pregnant, we worked it out from when the rams were next door and when our ram lambs went last year and last weekend was the last possible date for lambing - although the last lamb was a day late. None of the others have any sign of teats etc... thank goodness!!!!! And yes, at least these 2 were girls :grin: =D> . What is interesting is the last lamb has pale chocolate coloured ears and pale chocolate coloured knees and a dark brown splodge on one of her her back legs - our ram lambs were white and so are the mums so goodness knows where that came from!!! :shock:
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Re: What a surprise!

Postby goatlady » 09 Mar 2013, 17:03

As surprises go, it's a lovely one to be faced with. Congratulations! :grin:
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Re: What a surprise!

Postby Danihen » 09 Mar 2013, 22:52

We keep texels and occasionally when we're lucky we get a Jet black lamb! Brown could be a throw back from anywherein their gene pool I guess? At least they're healthy and girls!
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Re: What a surprise!

Postby debcat » 10 Mar 2013, 00:53

Chris, they are gorgeous
if you email me the pics I will post them for you
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Re: What a surprise!

Postby Chris Kurzfeld » 10 Mar 2013, 11:40

Will do debcat - be glad when son comes and sorts the computer out :grin:
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Re: What a surprise!

Postby debcat » 11 Mar 2013, 13:43

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Re: What a surprise!

Postby goatlady » 11 Mar 2013, 14:51

They're absolutely adorable!
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Re: What a surprise!

Postby ladyplumber » 11 Mar 2013, 15:24

Gorgeous ! =D> =D>
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Re: What a surprise!

Postby Chris Kurzfeld » 12 Mar 2013, 12:10

Thank you debcat :)
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