Well, something did eat the baby lambs. Seven of them anyway, in three days. And ran my best ewe down a steep muddy hill into the pond. So the ewes are coming up to the barn every night, and I have gotten a donkey and put in with them. The donkey was braying the first night we put her in; when I went out to check there was an absolute howling going on back on the railroad tracks behind the house. More coyotes than I have ever heard in one place. Great.
Busy weekend. Deliveries, Passover, Easter.
The weather got worse. Winter, and lambing, were both ugly. Lambing started off with losing 4 ewes and 12 lambs. Then there was the ice storm, Kentucky's Katrina. Followed a week later by 70 mph windstorm. No power for days, below zero wind chills. Too cold, wet and muddy to get hay and feed to the ewes on schedule. Replacements out of last year's ram inherited prolapse, and my new dairy ram threw 10 and 12lb lambs. Not a good scenario in a flcok selected for twins and triplets.