Striker and his mama, Smudge, are doing great. For a first time mother, her instincts kicked in immediately (LOVE Shetlands!!). It only took one confrontation with the geese for them to realize that her lamb was off limits. She rushed the three adults - twice in quick cessation - when they starting hissing at Striker.
|If the tail's a waggin', the milk is flowin'!|
|But if you plan to stay a while, you might as well get comfortable.|
The other lamb was born a few days later. Hank named him ZoomZoom.
His mother, Ginger, has done this before. Her instincts are just as strong, but she's not quite as anxious as Smudge. New moms tend to dance around a lot, constantly checking their lambs. Ginger just stares you down.
I've found that ram lambs are typically more curious and braver than ewe lambs. They get comfortable with people a lot quicker. This early bond is very gratifying, but once they get older - and their horns are larger - you need to establish clear boundaries and teach them who is in charge. A fifteen pound lamb butting your leg is cute. Not so cute when they're sixty pounds and butting your thigh.
But for the next couple of months, it's all fun and games. Striker and ZoomZoom are already becoming friends and testing the thickness of their skulls. I'm waiting for one more ewe to lamb out. She's so wide; I feel sorry for her! I expect twins from her so I'll keep you posted!