We had some trouble getting them into the barn because Mamma really wanted to stay with the other sheep, but was conflicted because she knew she needed to stay with baby. We eventually ran all of the sheep into the barn (I carried the baby) and then sorted out everyone but Mamma and baby. Then we had to scrounge for all the supplies and feed that had gotten relocated in the great purge in preparation for construction, but we eventually found two feeders and got them some feed and water. Mamma really wanted to be able to go outside, so I worked some magic with the gates and managed to give her access to fresh feed outside while still keeping the wandering area down to acceptable for the lamb. I checked before dinner, and they are both doing fine. We’ll top off the grain and water in the morning before we leave for the 6:30 am swim practice.
Yes, Sarah is back to swimming. I am happy, as her attitude should improve, and I know her physical fitness will improve, but dang!! That child really needs to get her driver’s license so I don’t have to go to town that early.
So, what did Steve & I do wrong in our estimating? We neglected to consider those ewes who had not yet had a lamb and were about 9 months old. This is one of those. She’s got a twin sister who could also deliver at any time, if she’s pregnant, and there is another ewe about that same age. I’m thinking we may do some sorting and confining when Steve is home later this week.