April 9, 2012
For those of you following our story, we were thrown for a loop on Saturday when one of the Icelandics delivered what at first appeared to be a dead lamb. The ewe promptly rejected it when it sprang back to life moments later. So we were naturally a little edgy tonight when the other Icelandic let everyone in the three-state region know that she was ready to deliver. (I thought sheep were supposed to be stoic!)
Thanks in part to our Saturday experience, we were a bit more patient this time. At 7:15 p.m., it was clear the lamb was on the way, but there were no contractions and the Icelandic was showing no signs of pushing. We returned to the house for a nice dinner (featuring some of the romaine from the garden). At 8 p.m. Frances went back to the run-in shed and found the ewe dutifully cleaning off her new lamb. That makes five lambs from the first four ewes, with six ewes yet to go.
This just in. Sunrise actually had twins! We thought the fireworks show was done at 8 p.m. when she had her first lamb. Frances decided to take “one last look” before we hit the sack for the night. But instead of finding Mom and Lamb in the lambing jug, she found Mom and two Lambs. Everyone looked healthy and hungry. And Mom looked ready for a good long night’s rest.