Is that a LAMB in the lambs' creep feeder? Most certainly not!!! Anyone care to guess how old?
Yes, you're right, a yearling, a teenager. Now that she's jumped into the situation and pigged out on alfalfa pellets, she seems to be stuck there--no jumping over with a running start possible in that tight little space. Since she's still a juvenile under Flock Law, I will not disclose her identity. However, she is recieving the "natural consequences", or "Tough Love" type of discipline--a bucket of water to drink, some hay to eat, and I guess she'll just have to stay there a few hours until Russ gets home and takes the lower board off so she can crawl out on her belly. He'll move it a bit when he reattaches it and hopefully prevent this happening again! Russ is not going to be happy--he was so certain he had it designed well and that it was sufficiently fortified. This is the new and improved sturdy, economial Design 2 for year 2 of lambing. The teenagers got into our fence and wire-based Design 1 last year, too.
This example is more innocent, but I still don't think lambs should habitually use their mother's hay feeder for sleeping. I shut the gate on the stall (where this is) and now they are all roaming the larger area of the barn that has hay feeders which are not quite as cozy as this one. Am I mean, or what? Arabesques' moorit ewe lamb learned this habit while we had snow and it was cold, and I let her do it then, but now that it's warm out, and life's tough realities,like, keeping tmom's food supply clean and tasty need to come into play. After all, what's she going to look like sleeping in a trug when she's a TEENAGER???
Otherwise the trugs work well as hay feeders in the jugs--we just tie the handles to the wood and wire dividers we have around the jugs. and nothing gets tipped over--hay stays clean and where it belongs (usually).
Stay tuned--early Wednesday, May 9, Godiva had her lambs--that will be the next posting...
Jeanne Dukerschein loves animals and also has enjoyed lifelong interests in fiber arts, nature, and writing. In 2006, she learned to spin her own yarns and purchased her first Shetland ewe. Her poetry and fiber art, as well as her 20-year career as a freshwater biologist, carry common themes of nature, ecology, and