We got some goats late this winter. As soon as the weather broke, they were moved closer to the house, and closer to us taking Blue outside to work with them.
Blue soon found out goats aren’t exactly like sheep. They are not really that afraid of herding dogs.
Rather, they are pretty curious!
Blue did not appreciate them walking TOWARD her. Not at all.
So she had to lay down the law. This is more like it!
But goats just can’t help themselves and they came right back to check Blue out.
We left them, watching us the whole way…
Oh my. As of yesterday morning, there were 74 ewes that have lambed and 135 lambs born. It’s an explosion! And there are about 130 ewes yet to go. Again, oh my.
The scene looks quite peaceful from afar…
But as Brett, Jess and Phillip draw near, it’s clear there is a lot more going on than what appears. Lambdemonium!
There are some with triplets.
There are some literally just born and looking to nurse for the first time.
There are packs of lambs running around and stirring up trouble.
It is exhausting!
And after guarding all night like a boss…
Even Bea needs a rest.
Last night, as the winds were howling and blowing in unseasonably cold air, two ewes decided the timing was right to have their lambs. Let the wild rumpus begin!
They sure are cute…
And they all seem to be in great health and thriving nicely, despite the cold. Katahdins are great mothers and Phillip Haynes reported that they were keeping their newborns nice and snug when he took these pictures this morning.
And of course. Bea was watching over the entire enterprise. Good girl, Bea!
Just 150 more ewes to give birth…which means about 250 lambs. It’s GO time!
*All photos by Phillip Haynes