This morning, Melinda arrived at 5 am to find Maureen, the last of our three pregnant Romneys, in labor. Maureen had two boys, then shortly after Annie and I arrived at the barn at 7:30, Bunny started active labor. Bunny, an East Friesian, was huge, and had seemed imminent for days. She labored and labored but was not progressing, and when her water broke but there was no sign of a lamb, I investigated. I found two lambs in the birth canal. The first one I delivered had died, but we didn’t have time to dwell on that sadness, because Bunny delivered 3 more live and healthy lambs in rapid succession.
Today was the first day without rain in nearly a week, and the ewes and lambs enjoyed green grass and sunshine for much of the day.