A Long, Cold Night at the Farm

On Tuesday, March 8th around 10:30pm, we got a call from Lisa (Feederbrook Farm shepherd) about two ewes showing signs of giving birth (pawing the ground, lying down and getting up again, panting). So we bundled up and pulled on our muck boots and headed to the farm.  We joined two other fellow Lease a Sheepers.

It is very interesting to experience the farm at night.  Believe it or not, the rooster crowed a few times in the middle of the night and Mr. Piggins (the pig) snored all night.  In addition, since the barn lights were on, the sheep, the llama, and goats came inside to munch at the all night cafe. The feeding trough was busier than Denny’s after bingo. We are pretty sure we spotted Lil Abner, too.

It’s amazing to experience the rythms of farm life.

About 4:17 am, we decided it was time to go home.  We were very cold and the ewes still didn’t give birth!  If we didn’t need  to go to work, we would have stayed.  So, we got about an hour sleep that night but it was truly worth it.  Later, Lisa emailed us to say, the girls gave birth around 9:00 am; Brenna had triplets and Una gave birth, too. Well, there is always next year!

A bonus to our cold night at the farm, we got to watch two newborn Shetland sheep bonding with their momma.


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