Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Recess

The ewes and lambs only got out for a soggy hour yesterday, so today's mostly sunny afternoon to graze and play was much appreciated. Vienna and Sarai have relaxed their vigilance a bit, allowing all four lambs to romp.


(sorry for all the dust inside my lens)
Could you keep them all straight? Four brown lambs; see how they run! Color and pattern genetics; aren't they fun? Last year I had both colors (black, brown) and every pattern except Agouti (i.e. Ag, the fading or graying gene) represented in my lamb crop; this year I only have Ag and brown (together called "musket") in my lamb crop. There are subtle color differences between them, though. I'll post a bunch of photos I took today then identify them below, in case you want to try your hand at telling them apart.
In the top two photos, Bree is on the left and Brosna is on the right. Then it's Belfast,  Brosna, and Belfast again. In the sixth photo, Brosna is on the left and Bree is on the right. The last two photos are of the boys; Boston is the lighter one and Belfast is the darker one.

It is easier to tell the pairs apart when additional "accessories" show:  ;-)
So far, the girls are the runners and the boys are the climbers:

Tonight Bree and Brosna fell under my spell. I sat with them for awhile after chores, rubbing their chins and briskets until they went all soft on me. Happy one-week birthday, sweet ones!

That's it for now from . . .



6 comments:

Susan said...

They are so completely adorable!

charlotte said...

Absolutely adorable! And I love the fleece color!

Kelly said...

Don't you just love the lovely variations those AG lambs express before they start to fade on you? Lovely lambs Michelle, and nicely put together as well. :)

Fiona said...

The conformation of these lambs is wonderful and they sure are being fed up by their dams! Great sheep!

shelly hancock said...

What fun, lambs that run!

Nancy Kay said...

I hadn't checked your blog for several days... then, I see that...the lambs started arriving!! Oh my, they are so cute. Beautiful babies.