Getting Ready for 2009 Baby Lambs

Our 11 year old son bought Katahdin sheep last year.  He found a farmer in the Amish community that was selling out his herd and was able to pick up a good deal on 2 pregnant ewes and 1 young ewe.  A few months later, he bought a young ram from another Amish man so that he would be able to breed his ewes and start a good flock.  It was an exciting time during lambing season last year. 

This year, we anxiously await for 2009 baby lambs..this time from his ewes and his ram.  Our son has been giving us updates on his sheep such as how big they are getting as well as information about their growing udder size.  Evidently, that is a good sign of an upcoming birth.   

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I went out to the pasture today and took some pictures of the sheep after encouragement to “go see for myself” how big one of the ewes was.  They are convinced she is expecting triplets.  I guess twins.  At any rate, she is big with lamb and close to delivery.  Even I could tell that by the way the poor thing was walking.  I can sympathize. 

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(Note:  She is in the back ground.  The ram is in the front.)

They guys prepared a shelter for the upcoming lambing season.  They salvaged an old gate and repaired the wire.  They attached the gate to the milk barn so that the gate can close for a instant pen.

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For now, all eyes are on the sheep for the next couple of weeks.   Updates to come soon!



4 Comments

  • ourcrazyfarm says:

    What an exciting time! I love the turkey helping in the picture! Just curious, how do you handle income and expenses when the sheep belong to your son? We have been contemplating letting our farm kids own their own animals, also, but would like your input on how you handle the finances for them. Do you require them to pay for all the feed, etc.? If any income is made are they required to save, tithe, etc? I think it is a great learning experience in both responsibility and finances. Thanks! Terri

  • That is so awesome. What a great experience for your kids!

  • BethTN says:

    The turkey…yeah, she is needy. She likes humans and follows us around everywhere.
    She hangs out around our truck when we are not outside—she likes the chrome bumper—she sees her reflection and thinks she has friends 😉 I told the boys we should hang up an old mirror in the barn so she stays away from the house–she can look at herself all day back there! Turkeys are SOOOO messy!

  • BethTN says:

    Paul can address the complexities of how we handle the finances for the kids… good questions…

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