Now it’s Betty’s turn – her bag is out! So twins are on the way🤞 … See MoreSee Less
Phew – bit of a marathon, that one. Poor Betty!
Our first lambs of 2021! Triplets, 1 ewe & 2 ram lambs were born this morning. Well done Spot🎉🐏🐏🐏 … See MoreSee Less
It’s here! First lamb born without help ( or us being there!) at 6.25 am -and it’s a boy! … See MoreSee Less
We loved watching all the action this morning and wasn’t expecting a third! Thank you so much for setting up the cameras so we could watch. Congratulations Betty!
Warning – graphic! Betty is due to lamb today so here are the signs to look for.
1) A full udder – she’s definitely got that!
2) a swollen/reddened vulva – yes!
3) slight discharge – possibly
4) stopped eating – well, she ate her breakfast (some do eat all the way through their labour though!)
5) irritable with the other sheep – a bit
6) separated from the other sheep – no more than usual
7) fidgety, getting up & looking behind her/ circling & sniffing the ground – not yet
Verdict – possibly later today, but not certain! … See MoreSee Less
Thank you, this is very useful !
Well that's put me off lunch! 😅😊
My kids have loved checking the Lambcam and are v excited about the imminent arrival of lambs. Does Betty have a red dot on her?
Just in case Betty decides she’s not ready for motherhood again yet, this is 56 (or Spot) who is due triplets on Tuesday. She is a home bred ewe born in 2016. This is her fourth lambing & so far she has successfully brought up 3 sets of twins! 🐏🐏🐏
PS – she loves a digestive biscuit! … See MoreSee Less
We thought we would introduce ‘Betty’ who is due to be the first ewe to lamb this year. She came to us from the Mewstone flock in Cumbria & has some very well known flock names in her pedigree! This is her second lambing & last year she gave us a cracking ram lamb (who needed the biggest pull ever as he was so big!!). We are hoping for ewe lambs this year so they could maybe join our flock🤞🙂🐏🐏
PS – don’t forget you can watch the sheep in the barn on this link
www.albansbarnyard.co.uk/lambcam-camera-1/ … See MoreSee Less
The snow is melting and although it was fun while it lasted (and a nice change from endless mud!) snow can make work on the farm far harder. Here’s a few pics❄❄🐏🐏🐂🐂❄❄ … See MoreSee Less
Well poor Buzz made it to the local news – pleased for him, thoroughly embarrassed for me!
That aside, it is a balanced news item & we are pleased to have helped to publicise this problem (although well aware that our losses have been nothing compared with some other farms)
www.itv.com/news/meridian/2021-02-03/the-emotional-impact-of-dog-attacks-on-farm-animals … See MoreSee Less
I've been keep an eye out for lamb cam…. So excited to see them bobbling around.
We are stunned – after our post about our sheepskins yesterday we have had so many messages that all our rugs are now sold!
We do have some cushions left so here are those photos.
All cushions are 40cm x 40cm, they are sheepskin on one side & heavy natural cotton on the back with a zip. They come complete with pad.
If you want to see more photos then follow this link www.albansbarnyard.co.uk/sheepskins (it’s not optimised for phones yet though so may need a big screen!)
There will be more sheepskins next year! … See MoreSee Less
Wow that’s amazing!!
I’m not surprised they are stunning. We are so happy with ours 🥰 x
I love both of mine, the double is fabulous beside the bed. I especially love the single, the one I still call BK. Coming back for more next year. Also Karen Hartley is interested.
Just look at all this amazing fluff! Our sheepskins have all just arrived back from the tannery & we’ll be putting up prices/photos etc tomorrow!🐏 … See MoreSee Less
They look fabulous
Any doubles/ pairs this year ? ❤️
Keen to have another one this year. Last years purchase is very much loved! Can I reserve one and let you know which of the photos I like tomorrow?
I’d love one!
Natalie May Izzard
Albans Barnyard would be great to reserve one rug if at all possible
A very sad start today – we discovered Buzz (our wethered ram) who we had bottle fed as a little quad lamb had been so badly bitten in a dog attack that his leg was broken. We had the vet come to look at him but because of where the break is she thought the kindest thing was to have him put to sleep. RIP Buzz – you really didn’t deserve this😢 … See MoreSee Less
Omg that’s absolutely shocking 😭 Rip poor baby
So sorry to read this.
This is so sad Simon! Very sadened to hear this. 😔 I hope the dog owners are held to account
That’s really bad news Lesley, so sorry.
Oh how awful for you and Buzz. 😞 Hope the dog was caught.
I am so so sorry Les.
So sorry to hear this I hope the dog is caught x
That's awful. I will never understand people who don't keep their dogs under control 😭
So sad, so sorry
Do you think it was a domesticated dog or a coyote/fox? Not sure what your populations are out there.
So sad to hear that Lesley
Such sad news …. am so sorry to read this
Sad news 😢
People like that should not be allowed to keep dogs. Such a sad shame 😪 x
Oh Lesley I am so sorry to read this, how awful .
So heartbreaking 😔💕 I remember when I use to work on a farm sadly a dog killed a heavily pregnant ewe owners didn't care she was due twins in just few weeks 😢 I'd never let my dog off near livestock no matter how good he is
How awful. So sorry for you.
And so it happens again. Come on people and be responsible dog owners, there is no need for this to happen. This is heartbreaking for the owners and another poor animal has needlessly suffered.
Very sorry to hear this! Hope the dog owner knows.
So sorry to hear this! Buzz looked like a lovely boy!. 😢
So sad. Sorry for your loss. 😞
Must be such a loss and so preventable if people keep their dogs under proper control.
Dreadful…so sorry to hear this …
Just irresponsible! Sorry for your loss!
Scanning day! Always an exciting day & this was probably one of our best ever. We are expecting 1 single, 9 sets of twins & 4 sets of triplets – so 31 lambs out of 14 ewes, a whopping 221% scanning percentage!!!! All we have to do now is get them born safely 🤞🐑🐑🐑
Equally good news is that although the ram lamb got out & chased the ewe lambs & retirees around the field he didn’t catch them – so phew, no late lambs! … See MoreSee Less
Well done Barnabas
Well the Ram had a good year then! 😉
Hang on – I’ve still got (at least) half of last year’s shear that I haven’t yet got to. Will you please stop producing all that wonderful fleece? There are only so many days in the year for one pair of “spinning” hands. 🤣🐏😄🐏😬
No quintuplets Marianne Cox 🤣🤣
Great results. How many Peggy expecting?
Love this time of year. When are they due?