Twins

the pleasures and challenges of two-at-a-time

Miniature Soay lamb grows up

Miniature Soay lamb grows up

It seems Peanut has a fan club. Almost every week I get either an email or an in-person question about whether he survived, is he okay, what’s his fate, and so forth. Most creatures wait until they are a little older to use up their 15 minutes of fame. Peanut stayed in the high, dry […]

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Want more Soay twins?  Try flushing your ewes

Want more Soay twins? Try flushing your ewes

No, I am not referring to your trusty Kohler or Toto.  Flushing is shepherd lingo for increasing a ewe’s nutrition in the weeks leading up to breeding in order to trick the ewe into releasing a larger number of eggs.  Most of the sheep literature we have read, and a number of Soay breeders we know, […]

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A Bummer Soay Lamb:  Lessons Learned

A Bummer Soay Lamb: Lessons Learned

It was a dark and stormy morning last Thursday.  I was in town and Steve was running the lambing operation solo.  Delighted to find Fulmar with a big (5 lbs, 4 oz) ewe lamb in the area reserved for pregnant ewes, he jugged them and then went about the normal routine of quieting the din […]

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Twin Lambs:  the Multi-tasking Soay Ewe in Action

Twin Lambs: the Multi-tasking Soay Ewe in Action

Quite by accident, I found myself a couple of days ago in the Maternity Ward with my camera just as Sandpiper started to lamb. Our first year as shepherds I dutifully photographed every birth, but no more. A person can get worked up about a still shot of an amniotic-sac-covered lamb just so many times […]

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