We are making our list and checking it twice, getting ready for lambs and kids to arrive. I'm pretty sure 7 ewes and 1 goat (Alita) are expecting. Best guess is that we could have at least one ewe lambing in the next 10 -14 days.
Last week they were all treated with coccidiostat for prevention of coccidosis, and Alita was vaccinated. The sheep shed was extended, and in progress of getting it cleaned out and lime will be applied with fresh, clean straw.
Supplies are being gathered, including ear tags for sheep, iodine for treating the umbilicus, lubricant in case one needs help delivering, colostrum replacer for orphan emergencies. A few additional items have been ordered, including penicillin, B complex, a rubber catheter feeding tube and 60 cc syringe for emergency feeding. We will also have on hand a bucket of water, dry towels and a heating box. With good luck, most of these items wont be needed.
Meanwhile, seeds are starting to sprout. Its a good sign that spring is just around the corner.
My name is Christy Franklin.