Looks like it might finally be Fatima’s turn, though I’m not entirely convinced!
At my 4 am check I found her down in the corner of the field where Daisy started to go into labor, pawing and pacing about.
It was time to start moving things around so as to accommodate her in a lambing pen. This meant moving Daisy into the shed which has up until now been our supply room and my apartment (read “cot space”) should the need arise for me to sleep down there some night.
Knowing Roy was sick in bed, I tried to get everything ready. Daisy was moved and her old pen made ready for Fatima. I went to wake Roy and he fought back the nausea and feverish chills to throw on a coat and muck boots and help me round her up.
She’s safely in her pen now. I stayed with her for a while and she was surprisingly affectionate, looking for scratches on her chin. I managed to get a few winks of sleep, checking on her a couple of more times. At close to 7am it was time for feeding and a whole new day to begin!
I’m so happy that at least she waited until today – daylight and sunshine always help make lambings more comfortable for all! And hopefully Roy will be feeling a bit better when the big moment comes!
Fatima is our sire Drover’s sister, out of our dear Millie and our first ram, now deceased, Clancy. She’s a very special “mini Millie”, and we can’t wait to see her lambs from Boomer!