A lot of improvements in the new barn layout have made caring for the sheep a lot easier this year. The layout was changed to accommodate more animals. In addition, we no longer need to move through pens to get around. There are sixteen jug pens in service and three large holding pens for different groups.
Heat lamps are used when the temperature dips down towards zero at night. The barn is designed for maximum ventilation at the roof, so there is basically no retained heat or humidity inside. This allows us to keep everyone nice and dry, with plenty of fresh air, but without cold drafts at lambing time.
Our office provides us with a warm place to be on the cold nights. In addition, it is fully stocked with everything needed to care for the many new arrivals over a three week period.
The first arrivals are beautiful!!! Bridgette gave birth to a lovely set of twins late this afternoon. With a powerful snow storm raging outside, we are expecting more till the storm blows itself out. We got the barn office ready for twenty-four shifts. This evening four of us worked caring for the animals.
Our family was impatiently waiting for the first arrivals. With winter still maintaining an icy grip this time of the year in Northern Maine, we have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Thankfully our sheep don't mind the cold. Every effort is made to help the new arrivals get dried off and warmed up. Their mothers do a great job of cleaning them up and caring for them.
Each lamb gets a name and with it, a lot of love. The children see to it that each one gets all the attention and care needed. They are carefully weighed, ear tagged, and all the details of their birth are charted on the computer. Visit our 'Getting Started With Katahdin Lambs' page for additional information.
There are twelve new, lovely little lambs born to six ewes. Actually, several of them are not so little. One mother gave birth to two baby boys, the first weighing thirteen pounds and the second weighing over ten pounds. Wow! That was a lot of lamb inside of one ewe.
Four new, very curious little creatures arrived this morning and two more a little before midnight. All are healthy and doing real well. It is amazing to see them get up a few minutes after birth!
We have had thirty lambs born in six days. The weekend was really busy for us... so there was no time to update this page. There has been two singles so far, the rest have been twins. We are real happy for that, and hope it continues. Everyone has been healthy as well. So far so good...
The last week has brought a constant stream of new arrivals. Sorry for the long delay in updating this page. We have been averaging a couple of hours of sleep a night. Taking care of so many moms and their babies is a lot of work! So far things have been going real well. We have had almost all twins to date. There are around sixty-five lambs so far...we even got a beautiful set of all black twins.
The lambs are coming in a little slower now. Thankfully...we needed a break! They are all growing nicely, with the larger ones approaching thirty pounds. Our request form is now available online.
We have been blessed with around eighty-two lambs so far this year with more on the way. The weather is getting nicer each day, which is a big help with so many sheep around the farm!
This will be the last update for our spring lambing page. The For Sale page will be updated as the year progresses. We appreciate your interest in our Katahdin flock. Feel free to contact us...
We are enjoying working in the relative comfort of the barn on these cold, snowy days.