Thursday, September 8, 2011

Numbers 7 & 8

Here are some photos I managed to get this morning. Just in case you didn't know, the ewes pace and make noises and have pain just as women do when giving birth.
The first signs are: not eating, pacing and pawing the ground.
Here the 'bag' has come down, but the waters are not yet broken:
The ewe is 'arching' her back and using the back legs to assist with the lambs birth:
The lamb has slid out - you may be able to just see it!
The start of the cleaning - during this time mother is mewing to the lamb, which is trying to stand and find the teat:
It takes a few minutes to get the energy to try to stand! But mother is protective - even though she is still having contractions ...
... for the next one! This can be up to an hour or so later!
This is the first black lamb I have had born here :-)

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