Suckie has had her lambs! They are twin ewe lambs born this morning, but very different in appearences.
This is the larger and fluffier Georgia:
And this is the smaller Grace:
Suckie has to keep an eye on me…
…And I have to keep an eye on her too, because there is one slight problem.
Favouriteism between your children is never a good idea, but this is something Suckie has decided nessesary. She loves the larger Georgia, but she doesn’t like Grace. As soon as Grace goes in to suckle, Suckie first kicks, then turns, and gives Grace a quick head-butt away. But Grace’s natural instinct to suckle is still there however, and she keeps trying, repeating the process again and again.
This means that little Grace can’t stay with her mother any more. I tried to give her a bottle feed tonight, but she was very reluctant. We’ve had to put her into the “sucking station”, which is basically two ewes in crates (lamb adapters, as they are also known) who have 4 large lambs with them. The lambs can suckle from the ewes but not get bashed around.
I’m hoping little Grace makes it through the night.