I was very relieved that Flurry the Icelandic sheep had her lamb on Sunday - a beautiful ewe lamb weighing in at 10 lbs. I had to start class again on Monday at 9 am, so I really didn't want her holding out until this week. Flurry is a first-time mother, so she is not at all sure about this whole "taking care of baby" thing. At first, she did lick her lamb clean and paid attention to her, but once she was up and trying to nurse, Flurry decided that she was not at all interested in that part of the responsibility. She began to head-butt the lamb away. I had to get into the pen and hold on to Flurry while her lamb nursed. Fortunately, she doesn't seem to have a problem with that procedure, so now I can simply enter the lambing pen and stand there while the lamb nurses. If I leave, Flurry resumes the head-butting behaviour. It's rather annoying for me because it means extra time out of my day, and in addition, it means I need to keep Flurry and her lamb inside the barn until she is nearly weaned, because out in the field, I doubt that I can get close enough to do any good. Flurry is usually a skittish sheep. Still, I shouldn't complain because her lamb is absolutely gorgeous.
Now, if I can just get Flurry to be more agreeable to nursing, all will be well!