Help! Could our pregnant ewe be in heat?

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One of our katahdin ewes has been behaving strangely. We thought that she was bred sane as the other ewes in our small flock. She has given birth before. She looks huge like the other ewes and we are expecting that they will be lambing in the next few days. We noticed that she has been hanging around the ram which is in the next paddock separated by a see through fence; all day! She is also flicking her tail and she is driving the ram crazy. What is going on? It’s hard to think that she is not pregnant given her size. Yes, swollen utters too. Any advise? Thanks.
 

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One of our katahdin ewes has been behaving strangely. We thought that she was bred sane as the other ewes in our small flock. She has given birth before. She looks huge like the other ewes and we are expecting that they will be lambing in the next few days. We noticed that she has been hanging around the ram which is in the next paddock separated by a see through fence; all day! She is also flicking her tail and she is driving the ram crazy. What is going on? It’s hard to think that she is not pregnant given her size. Yes, swollen utters too. Any advise? Thanks.
Thanks everyone. I don't know for sure that she is pregnant. We are not experience sheep farmer. We have not engaged the vet to do a pelvic exam. We just saw her getting bigger and bigger in the past months after we put her with the ram for a couple of months. We will keep an eye on her for awhile.

Its interesting that it may be possible for her to have the hormone surge and want protection from the ram. Sort of nesting instinct? They have been mating for the last couple of years.
 

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Could you take a pic. of her udder and 'lady parts'? Phantom pregnancies are not unknown, but are pretty rare in sheep.

How is she behaving now?
 
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