I know Mrs Dunkerley will be cross if I say I’m no good at Maths but this morning I couldn’t even count to 31…..I got 32! Our first lamb has appeared and she is a beautiful big girl. Girls are the best, of course!
Have you seen a shepherd’s crook? It is a stick with a curly top and it is so useful because it makes my arm long enough to hook around a sleepy lamb’s neck. Mum will walk away as I approach, the lamb will try to follow her, but the crook holds her still so I can pick her up for a minute or so.
When the lamb is a couple of hours old, she and her mum have bonded through mum licking her clean. Then we need to spray iodine* on the umbilical cord* to stop any infection travelling up the cord. Your tummy button is where your umbilical cord was. Some people have a tummy button that sticks out, others one that goes in, which is yours?
I wear plastic gloves to pick up the lamb. Partly so my smell doesn’t get on the lamb, partly in case I accidentally spray iodine on my clothes. Iodine doesn’t wash out, I’ve tried. Iodine is antiseptic*, antibacterial and also safe when mum licks it. It’s quite smelly so we let them bond for a few hours before spraying.
Sing-along time! “Knighton had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb, Knighton had a little lamb its fleece was black as soot.”
*Umbilical cord, joins a baby to its mum when the baby is inside her.
*Iodine, smelly brown liquid that makes everything safe & clean.
*Antiseptic, kills any bacteria to make something clean & safe.