Phyllis finally had her lamb today! I got to see it happen! A little before 9 am this morning I was about to eat breakfast when I thought instead, "I will go check on the sheep really quick." Joey had told me earlier this morning as he was leaving for work that he thought Phyllis would have her lamb today and he closed her in the barn by herself. When I stepped inside the barn there was Phyllis, laying down, with the lamb halfway out already. I ran to get my phone and the lambing kit from the house and she got him out all the way just as I was getting back. She immediately stood up and started licking him off and cleaning him up, she is such a good mother. I was on the phone with Joey, who was at work :( I knew I would have to be the one to take care of his umbilical cord so I got the Storey's Guide to Sheep out with me in the barn and read all about the iodine I needed to apply. I called my mom at work and she was practically in tears she was so excited. It took about half an hour until he started moving around and trying to stand up. He looked like a little baby deer, unsteady on his long legs. He wobbled around and fell down a couple times until he started to get the hang of it.
I waited another 15 minutes until he could stand and got the iodine out of the lambing kit. I called Joey and he said that I also had to squirt a vitamin liquid into his mouth to give him energy and nutrients. I cut his umbilical cord with scissors and then dipped what was left in an iodine-filled shot glass (I hope Joey doesn’t want to use it anymore!) The iodine helps to dry out the cord and prevents bacteria from getting into the cut. You have to use blunt scissors to discourage bleeding. Then I gave him 2 squirts of vitamins and tried to get him to drink milk from his mom. I sat back and watched for half an hour but he just wasn’t getting it. I began to worry because he still hadn’t eaten yet and the first milk is very important.