2016 is going to be an amazing year. The season began on the evening of February 4th, it was practically balmy at 50 degrees F. I was doing my evening barn check and filling up waters and feeders for the night. Two ewes had been looking ready to explode for days with huge udders and big pregnant bellies. One of them, a gorgeous Gotland ewe, #611, was laying down near the water while I filled it. She stood up and turned around looking uncomfortable. I watched her in the beam of my headlight and though: It's such a warm night for February, wouldn't it be a perfect time for her lambs to be born. #611 lay down and her water broke.
I wasn't sure for a moment if' she'd just peed or really had began lambing. A glimpse of a front foot emerged. She looked fine so i dashed into the house to get Josh and Brandon to watch. We got back to the barn with both front feet out and 611 pacing. She then lay down and pushed. Sheep do cry when they lamb, it sounded like she was being torn apart for a moment. Then the first lamb slid out. 611 stood up and began to lick her new ram lamb while making endearing sheepy cooes and cuddly noises. The lamb was on his feet within about 5 minutes, text book birth and mothering.
15 minutes later the second lamb, a girl was born. I waited to see her try to stand. The ewe had the normal looking afterbirth hanging out, it usually takes an hour or so to fully pass. At that point I guessed they'd be fine and probably wanted peace and quiet for a while. I put the ewe and both lambs in a lambing pen (jug) and went inside.
At around 9 PM. I went out for one more check hoping i'd find everyone sleeping peacefully. The mother was standing up nursing her three lambs. Wait, three? Apparently she'd had another lamb tucked up in there! It a big bog with a white spot on his head. The ewe lamb also had a small white spot on her head. All three lambs were happy and healthy the next day.