Earlier today I castrated Spark. We don’t need another ram in the mix. One ram is plenty to reproduce with the ewes that we have. Besides, the only available ewe is mom…
So I went out with the elasticator and a few really tough rubber bands and I did the dead. Or at least I think I did. You see, the problem is that these little creatures are all scrotum and no testicles. I got the rubber band all stretched out and around the scrotum, but I couldn’t find two testicles on the far side of the band before closing it. I tried for a long time, but those things are slippery. Finally, I thought I had it and I released the elasticator and when I feel around, I only think I got one. I can’t seem to find number two in the body cavity, but it just doesn’t seem like I got it. This should be easier.
Anyway, I made an attempt to end the reproductive days of Spark on the same day that our other ewe gave birth.
I got home from work and my wife had just been down with a brand new lamb. It was another boy. My kids voted on naming it ‘Zap’. We worked on getting him dried off, etc., but it seemed like mom was still a bit uncomfortable. I left her alone for a bit and when I went back down to the field after dinner there was another baby. I even got to help remove the amniotic sack. It was another boy.
My wife has decided that we need chickens because the only useful ones are the girls and she’s feeling outnumbered. For now I’ve just left the lambs down with their dam so they can bond and mama can get her lambs cleaned up. I may bring the new boys up to the house to get them warmed up later this evening. Really, I have other things that I need to do, but I have helped birth lambs, helped them start feeding and even castrated (I think) a ram. I’m feeling more and more like a farmer.
And now my wife is having second thoughts on names. She’s thinking that since this is ‘Five Sprouts’ Farm, we should have a Dr. Seuss theme for sheep names. And if that is the case, Thing 1 and Thing 2 were born this evening. And we would need to come up with new names for all the rest.
All of these hard decisions.