So both Tom and I had to work yesterday so naturally this was the due date for the unplanned pregnancies of Shaun the Sheep with Sheila (his aged mother) and Monette. When Tom got home from work at 7 PM (after a long 12 hour shift) he found both the ewes with signs of early labor. He did the animal chores and then rechecked them. At this point Sheila’s bag had broke, but she wasn’t pushing. He called me at work, and we decided he should glove and goop up and check inside. What he found was a breech lamb that he pulled. The lamb did well, and his mother was taking good care of him. Tom wants to call him Squally (as he is vociferous), but I think Timmy is a cuter name. He is a shaela spotted ram lamb. We were only expecting one lamb from Sheila as she was not that big so Tom finally went into the house quite late to have dinner. When he went back out to the barn to check on them he found a very deformed red and black tiny lamb who very shortly died and a stillborn lamb twisted together, both rams. Still no placenta, and Monette was still not in labor.
So he did barn checks through the night and around 3 AM Monette produced 2 lambs without incident. There’s a light grey ram lamb Mak
They are doing well. When Tom went back out to do a barn check and feeding before work at 7 this morning Sheila had produced yet another deformed tiny lamb and finally a placenta. Tom did not feel like looking at the sex of this one. So our old ewe made quads- although 2 malformed. I guess that’s what happens when a ram lamb escaped into the sheep flock partly because of government interference, and he impregnates his mother. I am really sorry that these little lambs had to suffer in the process, but I guess we have three healthy lambs too that are being well cared for and should thrive.
And lambing is now officially DONE!
PS: These and other lambs are for sale.