Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sheep Baby

 I usually don't post much towards the end of the week because I am busy with Boy stuff. Well...come to think of it, I guess everyday is a day busy with Boy stuff, him being homeschooled and all, but the end of the week stuff requires me to drive forever! OK, not forever but it feels like forever! It  leaves me with little spare time on those days! Then I wasn't in blog land earlier this week because The Boy, or as I have begun referring to him as, Typhoid Mary, gave me a nasty cold last weekend! A cold he swore he did not have! "No, Mom,it is just sinuses!" My mom senses were telling me other wise...sometimes being right is not all that great! Anyways....I am better now. So, where was I....Oh yeah....unless something exciting happens I am usually not in blog land much on the later half of the week. Yep, you guessed it, something exciting did happen! I have been watching this one particular sheep,Weed Whacker, who looks like she is going to explode any second, for signs of an impending birth! I am suspecting triplets...



 Well...when we got home from  the  trip to the orthodontist today we go out and check all the critters like we always do and lo and behold we have this little fellow!



 But to my surprise it did not explode out of Weed Whacker! He was born from a sheep I didn't think was close to being ready yet, Sea Salt! She usually has twins so she didn't  really look big enough to be ready for birthing yet...I tell you,every time I think I am getting good at predicting births around here these animals prove me wrong!




 This little fellow was already dry and prancing around when we found him! Yes, I managed to grab him up and it is a little boy!


 Here is his proud Papa,Charger! The sheep are so sweet when one gives birth, they all come and greet the babies and are gentle with them and stand still  and close so the babies can get to know them. Charger will watch over them closely and even  baby sit while the moms graze!



 Just look at that cute face!



Hopefully Weed Whacker will have 3 and make up for Sea Salt only having one. These sheep can often have triplets so we will just have to wait and see!

Another surprise I got today came in the mail. It was some wild garlic seeds from A Rural Journal. You should check her out if you haven't already! She has a great blog about living,learning and loving this country life so many of us have chosen!

22 comments:

Lin said...

Oh WOW! What a cool surprise to come home too! Hobbes is pretty chubby--maybe I'll come home to a baby sheep one day! ;)

Do you cut their tails then? I don't know a thing about sheep. You'll have to keep me posted--just in case I find one.

texwisgirl said...

Oh my gosh! He is SO SWEET!!! I don't know how you can stand it, they're so cute! I love your description of how the herd gathers 'round to greet the little one. I can't wait to see more of these youngsters!

And, yes, I second the shout out to Nancy's Rural Journal blog. Love her!!!

Melodie said...

Lin,
No we do not cut their tails.These are a 'big horn"type sheep and not a fiber sheep and they do not need to have to have their tails clipped and we do not sheer them,they shed their winter coat in the spring.They are very low maintenance!

LindaG said...

How wonderful! Congratulations on the new addition. :)

Sharon said...

What a nice surprise, he is so cute! How can you stand all that sweetness? Looks like a great bunch, er flock?

wayside wanderer said...

Ah, what a cutie! Your sheep have such fun names. And the poor gal that is so big. Oy! Glad you are over your cold. Those are no fun.

2 Tramps said...

Ditto with wayside wanderer - love the names you pick - so descriptive! What a wonderful place you have, filled with such life - something new to see every day. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa said...

What a beautiful surprise! Dad certainly does look proud with those big horns!

Tina said...

Congratulations..a cute bouncing baby boy! How sweet is that.

Brenda said...

They are adorable! I love your description of how they greet the new babies. I think I may have to add some of these sheep to my farm!

Kids and Canning Jars said...

Cute, thanks for the update and photos. I am jealous. Maybe we will have to someday take you up on your offer to come up and see all the goats you have. Congrats to the new little one.

Melissa

Jennifer said...

What a cutie! Congrats on the new baby! I am really going to have to stop reading blogs about sheep (not really!) it makes me want some!

Feral Female said...

What an adorable surprise!

Nancy said...

Thanks for mention, Melodie. That was very nice of you and thoughtful. OMG -- the little boy is gorgeous! You have my return address -- can you send me one of those? :) Adorable!

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

I am so envious of your livestock, and of course the babies are always adorable. Also love you beautiful patchwork, it will be a real heirloom that your family will always treasure.

Chambray Blue said...

Oh my!! This little guy couldn't be any sweeter!! What a wonderful surprise. And you still have Weed Wacker to look forward to as well... I love sheep!!!! and Goats!!! We had a goat when I was little, all I can remember is that it ate like... everything. lol. Congratulations on your new addition.

Doc said...

Thanks for the ahh moment

goatgirl said...

Wait is that a LaMancha sheep? I didn't know sheep could be earless too.

Melodie said...

Goat girl,
No,they are painted desert sheep.The lady we got our 2 no eared girls from called them elf ears... but most of their babies have medium sized or normal ears since Charger has regular ears!

the wild magnolia said...

How fun for me to stop in for a visit and find this exciting news. A new baby sheeps. I know sheeps is plural, but I like the sound of it.

The baby is adorable.

Thanks for sharing.

Blessings!

Texan said...

I admit it. I have sheep envy! I LOVE Charger ...I think your sheep are so cool! I need more fencing to be done around here! Then I could load up a pair of them when I come to visit!! I find them so neat!!!

Pricilla said...

Awww, how cute.
Easter dinner?