Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

I keep expecting the twin parade to end with a rash of singles because that is normal.  And expected. And just not happening this year.  Last night Beulah had a lovely set of twins, another ewe/ram set.

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Then this morning, I arrive in the pen to find that Miss Claire had given birth to a set of twins as well!  Yet another ewe/ram set.

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Now, I don’t know if you are seeing the pattern that I am, but there is definitely a pattern amongst the twins born this year.  Here, let me show you a little more clearly:

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Abigail and her twins, ewe is dark and the ram is white.

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Prudence and her twins.  Dark ewe, white ram.

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Claire and her duo, dark ewe and white ram.

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Beulah and her twins, dark ewe and white ram.

Four out the seven ewes have had this specific combo.  What the heck?! I wish that I understood sheep color genetics better but honestly, people have tried to explain it but I don’t have enough space in active brain usage to understand it.  It falls into that category of things that I “should learn” but haven’t along with the Shetland colors and color patterns and spinning wheel ratios.  I get it but……

So, for those keeping track at home, seven out of twenty possibly bred ewes have lambed at this point.  Those ladies have had a total of thirteen lambs which is a 185.7% lambing average (my usual is around 125%).  There are seven ewe lambs and six ram lambs.

We’ve still got a long way to go folks….

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