In the summer, I bought two purebred Icleandic ewes (lovely sheep!) and two suffolk / icelandic cross lambs from a lady nearby. I got an amazing deal on the sheep: $50 each (CDN), so I couldn't turn them down! The ram lamb had been wethered ... or so she said. I assumed maybe it had been done with a burdizzo when I noticed that he had a package - it falls off with the elastrator. I shrugged and carried on. Anyway, I noticed the "wether" paying a lot of attention to the girls earlier this week, and since the vet was coming out to check on my other ram (who is suffering some after effects from the run in with the guardian puppy but should be all right, thankfully) I asked her to have a feel. Sure enough, this 'wether' has his full package and is likely to be fully functional! This would explain why one of the Icelandic ewes is looking VERY large in the middle. I had thought she couldn't possibly be showing yet, as she was only exposed to a ram after I picked them up in October, so that'd mean no lambs until March or so. As it turns out, she'd been running in the pasture with a sneaky ram lamb who was masquerading as a wether ... who apparently got some work done early! I had noticed the ewe's belly getting kind of big, but they have so much wool I didn't think much of it. Then I noticed her belly seemed to have 'dropped' the other day ... ummm ... that's what they say happens before lambing! :shrug: Vet confirmed my suspicions when she was here this morning, and says it does look like my ewe is quite pregnant - so we're keeping an eye out now! I hadn't expected any early lambs but I'd be more than happy to have them ... the wether-who-is-a-ram has an absolutely wonderful silky white fleece, so I am quite pleased that he can father some lambs for us! Wish us luck on our very first, earlier than anticipated, lambing season!