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A collection of stories about life on Eastside hill sheep farm in Scotland. Short, frequent and hopefully engaging... we’ll try our best!

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Archives for July 2012

2012 Lambing at Eastside

After a kind winter, we’ve had a bumper lambing with lots of twins. Although the winter was good and we had an unusually warm March, spring itself was quite callous with cold east winds and rain. Our lamb warming box (high tech wooden box with metal grill and electric blow heater positioned underneath) was in action most days!

With 1400 breeding ewes lambing from mid April, it’s a busy time. Most ewes manage all on their own but all have to be checked several times daily which in itself is time consuming with the problem ewes and lambs adding into this. Problems range from ewes with birthing difficulties to newborn lambs that haven’t found the milk supply- all needing urgent attention.

This post includes a video of a recovered lamb in the shed playing with the straw!

Lambing in the Pentland Hills Edinburgh

Lambing in the Pentland Hills Edinburgh ↑

Photography by Michael Rummey


The Trials and Tribulations of Tallulah.

One morning Tallulah, a very pretty speckled sussex hen, was observed rocking back and forth in a very agitated manner under a rhododendron bush in the garden. She was still rocking at lunchtime so the vet was called. Egg peritonitis (an inflammation due to an egg derailing into her gut instead of her oviduct) was diagnosed and a course of antibiotics prescribed accompanied by regular steaming to keep her hydrated. This was effected by standing her in a few inches of steamy water in the utility room sink (culinary equipment was avoided for obvious reasons). We were all fearful of the outcome as such a condition doesn’t usually have a good outlook…

Tallulah the Speckled Sussex

Tallulah the Speckled Sussex ↑

Photography by Michael Rummey