The family that had sheep, that I remember, it was back in late 50s, I'm sure those that raise sheep now have places that are heated to avoid loss if possible. I can understand where lamming would best, when there are few bugs. Kind of that way up here like things to be born in early spring before the heat & bugs are a problem. Nature has a way of controlling own best time for birth. Take Care PD
Anyone riding this time of year? It's prime time for us. Bitsey's laid up for a week, though. She cut herself right on the coronet band. We have to let that heal up. It was almost deep enough to get into the coffin bone joint. Thanks goodness it wasn't. She didn't need stitches, but she's on antibiotics.
Oh yes, PD. Indoor barns for lambing in northern states. It's also the breed of sheep. Ours are derived from warm weather breeds and have a longer breeding season, so winter lambs are possible. Winter lambs are great down here. The coldest we usually see in December is the 30s. January has more hard freezes. It's nice to lamb without the bugs and heat. Lambs are small when they are born but they grow very fast. By three months, they can be close to the size of the ewe. Twins are usual and triplets are common in our breed.
LC, Glad you are in Florida with those ewes ready to lamb. It is in single digits here this AQM. Used to have friends that raised sheep, & it seemed like lambing season was more March or April for them. But I remember seeing lamb laying on cookie sheets being warmed up in oven of a old wood cook stove. the oven door was open. They probably saved many of them that way. PD
Christmas? Oh dear. Maybe half ready. We also have four heavily pregnant sheep getting ready and a live Nativity on Friday. I think Nancy the goat will have to be the stand in for the sheep, unless one of them has her lambs today. They need a couple of days to settle after lambing before the short drive to the school. Our two most-ready-to-lamb ewes love going to the school, so it would be great if they lambed today. Fiona the cow and her 7 month old calf, Ursa, are going, as is the donkey.