For those of you who don't know, Cookie is a lamb. Duck and Chicken were born to Cleo in early December and then Cookie and Frost were born to Sunny in late December . Cookie is the only ram lamb and Duck, Chicken and Frost are all ewe lambs. Lambs typically don't rock the boat too much, they bound around the pasture, spend A LOT of time nursing on their mamas and sleep. They are also pretty good at knowing who their mom is and only nursing off their mom.
Over the past few weeks of observing the lambs and learning their personalities, it appears that Duck, Chicken and Frost are all very well behaved lambs. Cookie however, has decided that he is going to do as he pleases and not be the typical lamb. Of course he gallivants around the pasture cavorting with the others, but when it comes to nursing apparently he is not satisfied with just nursing off of Sunny (his mom).
We feed the sheep grain each evening when we do the animal chores. They are very trained to this schedule. Each evening as we start down the hill the sheep jump and leap in the air to show their excitement (Lewis especially, but the lambs usually join in). Once in the barn, they bleat constantly (and very loudly) until they are fed and then settle in to much their grain. Duck and Chicken are now old enough that they partake in the grain ration with the adults, but Frost and Cookie are still just hanging around as the rest of the flock eats. Frost is very polite and just waits patiently for everyone to be done, but Cookie has seen his chance to sample Cleo's milk. Ewes DO NOT like it when lambs which aren't their own try to nurse them.........thus the push and shove begins..........!!!!!
As Cleo is eating, Cookie will sneak up behind her and very tentatively edge in to her udder. He will quickly grab a taste and hightail it out of there before Cleo can turn around and very forcefully show him that this is not appropriate behavior for a young lamb. This continues the entire time the sheep are eating!!! Cookie slinks in for a taste and Cleo whirls around to tell him NO!! It is very amusing to watch! Whoever said sheep can't have personalities too!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )