Lambing season has started! The farmers and our night watchmen have been on high alert day and night throughout the last few weeks in order to move the expectant moms into the barn before the babies come.
The gestation period for a ewe is typically around 5 months. They usually give birth to 1-3 lambs at each birthing event, and twins are no rarity in our barnyard. When first born, each lamb is about 10 pounds.
After the lambs are born, they spend anywhere from a few days up to a week in the cow barn, which is heated and toasty for the new arrivals. When the farmers determine it is safe for them to be outdoors, they move to Sheep Shed where they have access to fresh air and sunshine as well as enclosed areas to get out of the wind. It sure is entertaining to watch them frolicking in the snow!