The team at Easton Farm Park, a family attraction near Framlingham, have been astounded this year with the arrival of two sets of quads from their ewes.
Quadruplet lambs are very rare and getting two sets within a week has been most unusual, but exciting for the staff and visitors.
Jordan Bailey, Easton Farm Park Manager “We had a busy day with plenty of visitors and loads of people around, the first ewe gave birth to what we thought were twins and then carried on. We had to call over a couple more colleagues to help out. It was fantastic to see them all well and the same size.”
Just two days later and another one of the ewes performed the same feat, 8 lambs from just two mothers.
With so many additional mouths to feed a lot of additional bottled milk is needed, Fiona Sidall, owner of the farm park commented “Mornings are now very hectic on the farm with 49 lambs, 8 piglets, 8 kids and a calf with lots more on the way including a Suffolk Punch which we hope will be delivered soon.”
Some Sheep Facts:
Most lambs are born in Spring, with the Ewes usually give birth to either one or two lambs at a time.
The ewe will normally carry the lambs for about 5 months before they are born.
Labour may take one to three hours and when the lambs are born they typically weigh around 9 pounds.
Once born, it is usual for the ewe and lamb to be placed in a small pen for a few days away from the flock. This gives them time to bond. During this time the lamb learns the smell and sound of its mother and the ewe does the same with the lamb. A sheep produces a unique bleating sound
After a few days, the ewe and lamb are put back with the flock. Once they have bonded, a mother sheep will not usually allow any other lamb but her own suckle on her milk.
4 months is the length of time that a lamb will take milk, then they begin to eat grass, hay and grain.
The lambs will stay with their mother until they are about 5 months old. At 6 months, they are considered fully grown. They are still called lambs if they are less than one year old.