The day started out quite good, Psyche was due anytime and safe and snug in her pen. Mom and I were headed off to Steam Valley Fiber Farm to get a tiny little bottle lamb named Peanut. Peanut was a triplet lamb and not getting enough to eat, so Phylleri was bottle feeding him, not most peoples favorite task. I am looking to increase my sheep and he was a cutie. So what we thought would be a quick 1 hour trip, was more like 3 hours. We returned to the farm with Peanut, who was renamed several times on the trip home.
|This is Peanut, who is now know as cupcake.|
We got home and headed to the barn to check on Psyche, who we found standing over her buckling.
|This was the buckling. Almost identical to the lamb we brought home.|
This was after all, the second buckling that we lost from Psyche. Last year she miscarried a month before she was due. I had hopes this buckling would grow and be my herd sire.
Death on a farm is always lurking around the corner, sometimes it makes sense, sometimes it doesn't. Either way, it's never easy.
As with most things on the farm, after the dark side, the light begins to show through. When we first arrived home, we had rubbed Psyches scent on Cupcake, in the hopes that we could let him nurse off of Psyche when she was on the stand. Between that and her milk we had been feeding him, Psyche bonded with Cupcake with very little trouble. At first she was confused, we had taken her kid and when we brought 'him' back something was different, lucky for us and Cupcake, she gave up trying to figure it out and on last visit to the barn, we were greeted by a protective mother and a fat and happy baby.