Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Girls Moved In

Yesterday the girls moved into the pen in the barn. I think they like it so far. When I took Darla and June out of the pasture, Darla got pretty upset. She still has the ram for company, but she missed her girls. She's settled down now, but I know she'll be glad to see them when they return to the pasture.



Purl is pretty rotund these days.


June is getting there as well, and she still has a month to go before she kids!




Anatomy Alert!






I crutched Purl yesterday so I could see her udder and vulva. Crutching is when you trim the wool around their hind end. It really helps to be able to see everything so you can tell when they're bagging up. Plus, vulvas tend to get swollen and red when they're getting ready to lamb. It's nice to be able to glance and see what you need to instead of guessing or having to put your hands on them every day. Crutching also helps the newborn lambs find the teats better. Sometimes a lamb will latch on to a wool tag and suck and not be able to find the teat.

My coworker lent me a baby monitor so I started turning it on at night just in case Purl lambs early. This is the most exciting time!

8 comments:

Becky said...

Cute Darla pic :)

I'm glad the girls like their new home. They're both looking pretty round. :) I can't wait to see pics of the babies!!!

Jennifer said...

Ooooo this is so exciting... wish I was there to watch in person, lol

Mark said...

Ahhhhhh such cuteness..mom's to-be getting settled in... ~faint~ I think I've just seen the reason I'm a city boy at heart... ;-)

Kim said...

Can't wait to see those babies! Hope you'll keep us posted.

Allison at Novice Life said...

How exciting! I can't wait to see pictures of babies!!

Verde Farm said...

How cool--can’t wait to see the babies. Based on this photo, when do you think she will go? PS-I got my beautiful ring yesterday and I LOVE IT! It is going to get lots of great compliments I know!! :) Thanks for linking with FF FRiday too!

Deb said...

I am so glad you have a monitor now!!! Poor Mark didn't realize what crutching was going to mean. No, she doesn't trouble walking!! he he he That city boy sure has learned a lot from Katie. I will never forget when he met Eli who was HUGE and really loved being up close and to be petted. What a great sport!! I am so excited about your spring family expansion Katie!! Love you, Momma

Ohiofarmgirl said...

ok i laughed a LOT about the 'anatomy alert' but i didnt realize what it was and i kept scrolling... ahahhghghhghghghhghghhhhhhhhhh!!!

i think i need therapy now
;-)

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