One of the joys of being a homeschool mom on a farm is that your children get the opportunity to experience “real farm life”. Our son, Andrew, has his very first REAL farming venture started.
Andrew’s Uncle Jordan had these two adorable little lambs last weekend.
They are not siblings, but both were abandoned by the ewes. An unfortunate part of nature, but it gives Andrew a perfect chance to try his hand at caring completely for an animal. With the weather outside being so cold, the lambs are camped out in my kitchen. Some days it feels like half my kitchen is taken up with a water trough and wood chips. At lease the wood chips keep the smell down and make a nice, warm, dry bedding for the little ones.
Andrew has been bottle-feeding them four times per day. And the first day we got them, they started bleating at midnight. Daniel and I woke up and heard them and discussed whether we should go downstairs and feed them or just close the door to our bedroom. 🙂 After a minute or two, we decided that they were probably hungry and I got up to make them a bottle. However, seven year old Andrew had already heard them.
Blurry eyed, and wiping sleep from his eyes, he was leaning over the side of the pen cooing, “What’s wrong? Are you guys okay? I’m here.”
Yes, my mama heart swelled with pride. I knew right then and there that he was ready for this task.
We made another bottle, Andrew fed them and we all went back to bed for a restful night’s sleep.
The first couple of days are touch and go, but now they are almost a week old and we have high hopes that they are going to make it.
I’m looking forward to warmer weather when they can go outside, but in the meantime, I’ve been enjoying them. They are almost too cute to handle 🙂
We gave them sponge baths to clean off the rest of the afterbirth and now they are lively with a little attitude!
Andrew has dubbed them Salt and Pepper – The boy is Salt and the girl is Pepper.The first lambs in Polyface in several years. Perhaps we have a shepherd in the making?