Leap Year Triplets

Triplet lambs born on a Leap Year Day. Three times the cute.

February 29, 2012 is a bonus day, a leap year day. People that are born on leap years only have one birthday every four years. What about pets?

I go out every morning to feed our pet sheep and let them out of the barn where they are kept at night in the winter. For a few days I have been expecting lambs. Because we put the ram with the ewes on October 4th last year, the earliest due date would be March 4th, but it is not uncommon for ewes to give birth a bit sooner.

A few mornings I noticed this sheep or that not eating her breakfast, and this morning was no different; Girlie was not interested in her breakfast. I went out later at about noon to check on the sheep. It is winter, we just had 6 inches of snow over the weekend, three days earlier. All the sheep, the donkey, and llama, were in the shed. Or where they? I counted, and counted again, one was missing. Who? Girlie! 

Here is an article I did on Girlie just a few weeks earlier.

I knew where she would be. The sheep like the shed in the day, but have access to an older barn, one that is dark, but secure, they often go there alone when having their lambs, if lambing in the day (it is more common for them to lamb at night). I spoke softly as I entered the old barn. There she was with two.. no.. three lambs. Two white ones and a black one. One white lamb was larger than the other lambs.

My goal at this point is to get the mom sheep and lambs to the main barn, so I scooped up all three lambs at once and Girlie sheep followed, she is one of the more friendly ewes, not prone to panic, but naturally concerned. I got them into the barn and set them up in a stall.

Taking pictures did not go so well. I took about 12 and all but one were blurry, not a good quality camera! My husband went out and tried to get some pictures too but it was impossible to get all 3 newborn lambs and mom together.

The biggest white one is a ram lamb, the other two are ewe lambs. Triplets are not as common as twins but not especially rare in sheep.

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  1. It sounds as if you had a busy day with the sheep. I am glad you were able to find them. I like the pics you added in the article.

  2. Enjoyed the article and loved the picture. So since they are leap day lambs they only get a birthday every four years, right?

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