Friday, March 31, 2006

Ashley's trial

Yesterday late afternoon Ashley finally went into hard labor. We hoped she would be able to deliver herself but we had to call the vet after a difficult start. He assisted in delivering triplets, the first was hung up in the legs, the other two were breach. They weighed in today at 12#, 10# 10# respectively. What a load to have carried all these months. They are vigorous, identical jet black with a white spot on each head. Ashley has not let any milk down so we have been bottle feeding them now every 4 hours. We magic markered the white spots on their heads with a dot, an X and a square to tell them apart for feedings. Ashley is so worn out and is running a bit of a fever but we have her on a regimine of things to get her up and running again. Whether she will give milk is still unclear. But she loves them all and is being a good mama ewe otherwise. For now the peace is back in the barn, the schedule is busy but stable!

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