Just a little bit before noon, Beulah successfully delivered of a baby boy lamb! A new little prince of the farmyard! Beulah is a first time mom this year. She had a small stillborn lamb last year, so she never really had the whole experience of motherhood. This time, she did great. She had him all clean and on his feet and she was busy eating some yummy hay and was fine. She has done a fairly good job of staying attentive to him.
Emma is photo bombing this shot here… haha… silly sheep. I think she wants the spotlight back on her baby! Thankfully, now little Basil has a new playmate! And Beulah’s little boy is named Thistle! We decided that this year, all our babies will be herbs and flowers… We thought Thistle would be a cute name for a little lamb, especially with his little white fluffy spot on his head.
Beulah has been very vocal the last day or two. We think she has been telling us that something weird is happening to her! She comes from a very vocal line of sheep, here at our little homestead. Her mom, Holly was noisy and so was Noel… Holly’s mom! In the livestock world, they are called excessively vocal sheep. Some people feel this is a bad trait for it calls predators and such. Thankfully, we only have Pearl and Beulah, Holly’s twin ewes here at the farm. Noel and Holly went to a new home since they were both Black Mountain Welsh sheep and not quite the fiber I had hoped for. It was okay, they went to a great little farm! So Pearl and Beulah are 1/4 Black Welsh Mountain and their babies will only be 1/8th. That seems to be fine because both Pearl and Beulah’s fleeces are very beautiful and nice to spin from.
Lizzy and Bucka Too came to visit. They were very interested in the new little baby. His first visitors in the farm yard! They were very smart, though, to keep a good healthy distance because even a momma sheep will not tolerate too close inspection of her baby.
The two strolled past and said a few nice words to the little family. They were very interested though… a new baby in the farmyard is a very special occasion! We call all our little babies princes and princesses! We treat them royally and they are very little special blessings!
The very neat thing is that a few minutes after his birth, there was an EARTHQUAKE about an hour north of us! 4.0 on the Ritcher scale! For us flatlanders in the midwest, that is pretty darn weird. I felt it, just a weird low rumble that I thought was a train, but there was no train around. I used to live in San Diego, California, many years ago and have gone through a few before. And yes, it was one! We felt it! Nothing really moved or fell, it was just a momentary bit of weirdness… one wonders if Beulah knew something was up and hurried up the arrival of her little bundle! Animals are very sensitive… one will never know!
Well, we have four more ewes left… Iris, who looks like twins and so HUGE… Galadriel, first time tiny mom that we hope is a single… Bonnie… probably twins because she is really getting big… and sister Pearl… who is carrying very a very petite little bun in her oven. Probably another single. My lamb derby guess is eight babies this year! A good number. Hopefully, we can welcome a few little girls into the fold!!! It’s much easier to keep the girls! I’m very hopeful that Basil is going to turn into a lovely fawn brown like his mother. Seeing Thistle next to him, he is not a true black. Time will tell! They are all so beautiful right now!Pin It