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  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Lancashire
Taken by surprise!
« on: July 02, 2013, 11:24:46 pm »
Well, our last sheep lambed on 30th April and we had all of the sheep clipped at the weekend just past.  Imagine my surprise when I looked out of the window yesterday, to spot something small and black on the hill at the back of the house - an unexpected lamb!  Our only Oxford Down ewe not to have lambed had produced this lovely tup lamb.

As if that wasn't enough of a shock, I was doing my last check of the evening at dusk, when I spotted another new arrival.  Making my way over to her in the field, I was shocked to find a great huge donkey of a lamb!  She's easily the biggest lamb this year by a long way, goodness only knows where mum was hiding her  :thinking: !!

Anyway, here she is

(Clicking on the picture below should take you to a short video)

Gemma x


  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Lincolnshire
Re: Taken by surprise!
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 11:56:04 pm »
Congratulations. Oh I miss lambing. Best and most knackering time of the year  :tired:


  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Taken by surprise!
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 07:16:41 am »
They were nice surprises  ;D

Yes, I miss lambing, though not the worry and the lack of sleep  ;) But missing lambing is maybe why my kitchen is currently full of chicks........ :D


  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Durham
Re: Taken by surprise!
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 07:16:48 am »
That sounds by far the less stressful way to lamb. Both beauties  :love: congratulations


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Taken by surprise!
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 09:01:04 am »
 :o  And the shearer didn't spot the two pregnant ewes when clipping them?   :o

Anyway, lovely surprises, lovely lambs  :thumbsup:
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing


  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Taken by surprise!
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 09:01:48 am »
Lovely surprises and yes the last one is a big lamb. Well done to the mums  :thumbsup:
Life is like a bowl of cherries, mostly yummy but some dodgy bits


  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Taken by surprise!
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 09:05:53 am »
Congratulations  :thumbsup:



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