At 7:15PM on April 10, 2018, our very first lamb was born at Seelye Brook Farms. Her name is Abigail, born to Polly (ewe) and Jefferson (ram). It was exciting to be able to see the whole process, and for the kids to be there and see it too. Sheep don’t tend to deliver their lambs with any respect to a human timeline, but we were fortunate to see it all (and get it on video).
As this was our first ever lambing, we weren’t sure what to expect, but all-in-all it was a pretty simple process. We attribute that to good mothering characteristics of the Tunis sheep breed fostered by the selective program of the breeder we purchase our flock from (thanks Brian!). The hardest part is the waiting, of course. Since we didn’t have a point of reference or experience, we only saw a pregnant ewe getting bigger and bigger by the day. Karen asked quite a few other sheep breeders when they thought the birth would happen (based on pictures we sent), and it ended up being about three weeks later than we first expected.
While we are ecstatic about Abigail’s arrival, we are a little bummed that this will be the only lamb to arrive this year. Since we purchase a started flock of mostly yearly ewes and a ram, they were not all expected to be able to have lambs their second Spring. That being said, Abigail is super sweet and doing well.
Want to come and see Abigail and the rest of the sheep, baby chicks, bunnies, and the rest of the farm? Come to our 2018 Open Farm Day!