We at last have the arrival of two little tiny Hebredean lambs, a ewe and a ram.
They tried to sneak in unnoticed between checks and they certainly took us by surprise as according to Sian’s dates they are not due till Sunday so just a couple of days early, but we do allow a few days either way.
The small flock of pregnant ewes are put out in the big field during the day to graze. Just after lunchtime right over on the far side of the field I noticed the ewe cleaning up the lambs she had safely delivered on her own. To gather them all up to bring back to the safety of the lambing shed for a couple of days (in case that fox tries to call again) was a job in itself.
If they had been born immediately after the last check they were not much more than an hour old, but I tell you, I had to be quick on my feet to catch the little things. Placed them inside the trailer to encourage mum into the trailer but they had other ideas, immediately I let go of them, they ran straight out the trailer.
Plan B needed.
Catch the lambs again but this time I hung on to them just inside the door way, as mum approached I pulled the lambs further inside the trailer, bit by bit mum came up the slope & as soon as all were in, Malcolm whisked up the tail gate & all safely in, me included.
They are now spending their first night in the safety of the lambing shed as the photo shows and all doing well.
Let’s hope all the rest are delivered as easy as these two.
Sian is pictured with the lambs above