Wednesday, April 18, 2018

It Takes A Village...Or A Sister

We've been calling this small mixing pen the "cat corner" (there's a litter of kittens behind that big fan ;-), but I also called this the "pen of confusion" the other day.  I was filling water buckets and noticed things were a little crazy and a couple lambs in this pen were probably not nursing off the correct moms.  I watched for a minute and sure enough they were all swapped around.  


It's not normal for ewes to let other ewes lambs nurse and two of the lambs are a couple days older than the other two so I was concerned the smaller ones were not getting enough to eat.  I pulled the lambing book to check ear tags so I could figure out who was supposed to be where and guess what!


The two moms are sisters :-). 

It's definitely not an ideal situation, but they seem to be making it work.  These are their first lambs so I'm sure they are happy to have each other's company and support and between the two of them, they've got this motherhood thing :-D.


12 comments:

Reg Campbell said...

Sisterhood. What a sweet story.

sophy0075 said...

I think the sisters are brilliant! And the cousins all seem to be happy with the arrangement. Happy Mother’s Day will have to be Happy Aunt’s Day too.

As for the kittens, I trust they and Momcat are doing well?

Far Side of Fifty said...

How sweet is that! :)

Ruth said...

Oh wow, that's really quite amazing! :D

So glad they're sticking together, rather than being "sheep" about the whole thing! Does that heart good.

JaneJMtl said...

What calm, pretty moms. How many lambs do they have between them? I count 4, or maybe 5. Or do I just not know how to count?

thecrazysheeplady said...

Momma cat is definitely doing well. She has the kittens tucked away to where all we can do is shine a flashlight down into their cubby :-/.

The twin sisters each had twin lambs :-).

Terry and Linda said...

That's what family is for!

LannieK said...

Sweet ~ a family to follow!

FullyFleeced said...

so sweet. glad everyone is doing well-

karen said...

what a sweet story!! I love when unusual relationships happen :)

MarmePurl said...

As it should be.

Claire Moxon-Waltz said...

Wow, that is unusual, but lovely! I hope everybody is getting plenty of milk now in the cat corner!

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