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Teresa took a couple of pictures while we were down getting Princess settled in. The first picture is Princess's lambs. On the other side of the gate is Pixie who also had triplets. Pixie is a daughter out of Princess.

The second picture is Ginger and her twins. She is one of my favorite ewes (aren't they all). She is as close to being a pet as they get and she is gentle enough that you can do anything to her in the field that you can do in the chute. What is really nice about this line is they are literally born tame and only get easier as they get older. These ewe lambs were born 30 January and are growing out really nice.

Teresa wrote a good summary of this lambing season on her Facebook page so I'm just pasting that below:

Out of 24 bred ewes, we have had 50 beautiful babies born.
Princess gave us our 7th set of triplets. We have 12 sets of twins, and 5 singles. All are thriving and growing well, with only 1 bottle baby, who we have decided to keep as a wether since our boy Pete is getting older. We have chosen the name Shadow for him.
We have 11 ewes and 10 rams that can be registered, depending of their development.
We also have been working on the improvement program and have another 7 that can possibly be registered after a year and hair coat inspection.
It's taken 7 years and a lot of hard work, culling, learning to do our own fecal testing and more, but we are finally reaching some of the goals we have hoped for.
 

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Princess will get the best of care. She is a sweetie and with that trio of babies, she will appreciate the extra feed!

I have her in the big stall that leads into the chute but I left the gate open in the big stall next to it hoping others would come in so she doesn't feel alone. :) A bunch of them are bedded down next to her and her lambs.
 
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The only thing we did differently was Oshi. We didn't flush at all since they were already in great condition and they had only grass till they started to have lambs. We had the ewes in two groups because of the OOPs lambs but the two groups wound up merging only a few weeks apart. About half of the ewes were lambing 7-8 months after the OOPs lambing.

The triplets were similar in both groups but the last group had four sets of trips.
 

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We have had mild enough weather that the sheep are eating less hay and staying out in the paddocks more eating grass.

We have started leaving the bottle lamb out with the sheep more and more. He has been among them enough that they tolerate him being there and when they wander off, he follows. He answers when called so he will still stay on his bottle schedule. We will still bring him in at night until he gets bigger.
 
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