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Pregnant ewes information needed!
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longcaribiner    Posted 02-09-2004 at 09:03:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We were given three old pregnant ewes and told they were due in February. One is almost as wide as tall former owner said this ewe gave triplets several times. We never had sheep before. They are all eating very good, getting alfalfa hay and sheep grain. What do I look for to know when they go into labor? (other than bad weather) Is there any time of the day that is more likely? We've helped "birth" goats before, is there anything different to watch out for?

9n141    Posted 02-09-2004 at 17:18:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
depends on breed, but I think your feed is too hot (too much protein), will give you trouble shortly after birthing. We 40 ewes once had good sucess rate, bur lost one triplet out of all 3 sets of triplets. Be ready to hand feed at least one lamb. You have to have a lambing pen, 4'x4' pen. Put ewe and lambs in pen immed. after birthing. We had a ewe forget her "duties" in standing horse stall 8'x5'. Leave them in there 2-3 days. BURT.

Fawteen    Posted 02-09-2004 at 16:12:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
A few days to a week or so before they give birth, their udder will fill out. 2-3 days before giving birth, they will start excreting "lubricant" from the birth canal. You'll notice their hind ends are wet/slimy.

If they start getting restless, laying down, getting up, turning around, laying back down, that sort of thing, they are within minutes to an hour or so of birthing.

What kind of sheep are they?

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