The week before lambing was due to start was a tough one. Two dead ewes, 8 dead lambs, and a dead turkey. From my first 5 sets of twins, I have only 2 lambs to show for it.
But the day before the first lambs appeared, I came home to find my turkey dead, with a nasty gash above its eye. I still haven’t figured out what caused it.
That was bad enough, but things got worse the next day. I went to feed the sheep around 9.30 (it was a Sunday) and noticed one of the sheep didn’t come. I went to her with some feed & thought nothing of it, as I suspected she hadn’t heard me call due to the wind and she wasn’t due to lamb for another few weeks.
An hour later though, I found these two wee lambs, which had been aborted.
The next few days saw more of the same. First I lost a ewe to “Twin Lamb Disease” (aka Pregnancy Toxaemia)
She looks bright enough here, but was dead within 24 hours. Twin Lamb disease is where the lambs are basically a parasite and all the energy & nutrition goes into them, rather than keep the sheep alive. Horrible seeing them fade away so quickly.
Anyway, the ewes were all moved into their lambing fields. Here are the singles getting their first feed in their new home.
And then the first live lamb arrived! A cracking Cheviot Texel Cross.