A belated welcome to the new kid, Tucker!
Tallulah kidded while I was at work on Tuesday, April 10th. I came home to find this little bundle of joy, soaking wet and shivering outside the barn. I quickly toweled him off and grabbed an old thrift store sweater and cut the sleeve off to make a little sweater for the kid, since all my usual coats were too big for him. He was pretty tiny. Of course, I carefully put my scale away so I could find it at lambing/kidding time and couldn’t find it to weigh him, but I think he was in the 5-6 lb range. I didn’t know if he had nursed or not, but when I tried to get him to latch on to Tallulah he was clueless, and had no sucking instinct at all. First I thought it was because Tallulah hadn’t been sheared and so there was too much fleece down there. I called my neighbor Lisa (shown holding him above), and she came over to help me wrangle Tallulah so I could trim her udder and teat area so the little guy could find the teat. That didn’t help, he still wouldn’t suckle.