There seems to be at least one in every crowd. Messy bums come when they are changing over from colostrum to milk. This is our target for the morning. I worked last night, came home and milked Carina and Isabella. Then we headed out to the pasture to check lamb bottoms. This is Acheron. He is a ram lamb from Cierra. He is a beauty. He just doesn’t know that having a messy bum can lead to problems having a poop. It’s a nasty job but we have to do it.
Lambs can be very agile and quick. Especially when you are tired. He made a quick break to the field.
Alex was working on the sneak approach but it just didn’t happen. She was spotted by Cierra and Acheron.
Mom’s number one priority is protecting her lamb. Tactic #1, put yourself between your lamb and the shepherd. It works.
After a little more work and a little help from the peanut gallery Acheron was caught. Now, warm sudsy water soaking time.
I think this little boy was wishing that he was with his mama.
“What are you doing to my baby?”
After a bit of soaking and washing and soaking and then rinsing his bottom was clean and dry. He made a mad break and was back with mom getting a snack from the dairy bar. I think Cierra was fussing at us here for upsetting her son.
Fuzzy has decided that all of the sheep are hers so that makes all of the lambs hers too. She kept a close eye on us.
Mornings are never dull. No one can say that I’m bored, there is nothing to do, or I’m all done with my chores. These words never leave our mouths. We are so thankful to have our animals and the chores that come with them. However, I think I can speak for Alex, Ted and myself when I say that cleaning bums comes kind of low on our list of fun things to do. Much love and prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm, the home of clean lamb bums.