The lambs are growing up so fast! Here are, from left to right, Raphaela’s twin girls, one of Kara’s boys, and Dany’s daughter. Of the many things I love about Icelandic sheep, the variety in colors and patterns is at the top of the list.
It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago they were all tiny bundles of wool; now they are bouncing around like giant cotton balls.
Winifred’s two boys are still the smallest of all our lambs.
Pippin is entranced by them, and will bravely go up to the fence and watch as long as their moms are not nearby.
The littlest one I have been supplementing with a bottle just to give him a little added nutrition.
Winifred does let him nurse, but he’s not as persistent as his brother.
I don’t mind the extra time cuddling with him! 🙂
The larger of the two used to be very shy, but I think he’s coming around.
Here you can see the difference in size between the younger and older boys. They are 3 and 4 weeks old in this photo.
The ram lambs have been playing like this for a few weeks now. I suppose it’s a good sign that they’ll know what to do when the time comes (those that don’t become wethers, that is).
All of the lambs are now big enough to reach into the 5-gallon water buckets, though they can only drink if the water line is near the top. We do have lower troughs for them, though, not to worry. And of course, they still get plenty of liquid from nursing.
The lambs will continue to nurse until their moms decide to wean them, which will be around 3 months of age (maybe sooner). Dany, our yearling below, still nursed occasionally at 4, maybe 5 months, when she was nearly the same size as her mother.
Dany is very protective of her lamb, on top of still being fairly shy around me. But she is doing a great job and her daughter is growing fast.
Raphaela’s twin ewe lambs are so pretty! The black one is shy and stays close to her mom most of the time, and has proven difficult to photograph well because she is so dark.
Her sister is more curious and will usually come towards me for a photo op.
Belle’s twins are pretty as can be, and growing up big and bouncy. Hopefully that will continue and they’ll be large enough to breed this year. If not, we will wait… I look forward to lots of lambs, but keeping them all in good shape is a priority!
Ophelia’s daughter is the boldest of all the ewe lambs, and is usually the one I can catch and bring to visitors to pet and see up close. She is happy for me to pet and hold her as long as her mom is within eyesight. Her little horns give her such a perky expression!