The first babies arrived today around 10 am. Red, an Icelandic ewe, bred to an Icelandic ram, gave us two beautiful little girls, a solid black one and a coloured one just like herself, only a little lighter. Red is a fantastic mother. I saw that she was looking for a spot yesterday and the babies had dropped to the birth position. She was ready, but waited until this morning. It was a balmy 7 degrees and in no time, she had the little ewes cleaned off and up nursing. I brought Red some water and delicious alfalfa hay. She did have a few mouthfuls and some sips of water, but currently is more concerned with tending to her babies. The livestock guardian dog, Joe, has stayed near the birthing shack all day. He poked his nose in the doorway and Red quickly sent him out. I know the instinct of the dogs to protect is powerful, but they also have been known to kill lambs when they are playing. I will try to keep a close eye on the dogs, as this is their first experience with lambing and they are only nine months old themselves. Thank you Creator for the gift of life and thank you Red, for your beautiful baby girls!
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