Sheep: Birth of a Polled Dorset Lamb

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  1. frugal

    frugal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sheep: Birth of a Polled Dorset Lamb

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    It all began in the warm straw of one of our lambing pens at O dark 30 this morning.

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    A little over two hours after Mom passed her mucus plug out pokes a white lamb hoof!

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    Another contraction and he pokes out a little bit more.

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    The lamb's position is correct with the presentation of the mouth and nose with both hooves.

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    You can see that the bag is still covering the lamb's face, but all is well.

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    Another contraction and a little bit more of him comes out.

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    See his little tongue hanging out?
    And the ewe waits to let things stretch a bit.


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    A good push and out comes the head.

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    And now the rest of the lamb with a slippery slide to the hay below.

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    A perfect birth.

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    Mom comes right over and begins to clean off the sack surrounding her newborn lamb.

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    A good Mom.

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    And a happy lamb!

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    Here's Mom and twins 18 hours later.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2009
  2. Beautiful pictures! Just lovely [​IMG]
     
  3. sheepgal

    sheepgal Out Of The Brooder

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    What a great record of the birth you made!!! Great job! I am expecting this to be my weekend too. Have several coming this month. ( Shetlands)
    I was surprised your Dorset only had one lamb. It must be larger than it looks.
    Best of luck! Great pictures!
     
  4. frugal

    frugal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Whoops! She had twins, I was just too busy to do both. I'll post a family pic later today.
     
  5. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    Wow! Hooray for the internets! I would never have seen this if not for your share. Thanks!
     
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Awwwwwww wonder of nature!
     
  7. Harley's girl

    Harley's girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awwww, I have tears of happiness. [​IMG] Thank you for sharing!
     
  8. Southern Gardener

    Southern Gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwwwww! I want to see the twins!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Thanks for posting the great pics!!! Wonderful!
     
  10. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Super, such wonderful pictures and explinations. I hope some of the "kids" on BYC stop by and see how a lamb comes into the world. Very attentive momma, looks like that lamb is going to do well in life! Thank you for sharing, I appreciate that!
     

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