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Sheep advice, - THANKS
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longcaribiner    Posted 02-17-2004 at 13:23:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
few weeks back I asked about our pregnent ewes, what to look for etc. Thanks to you all! Around 8 pm last night, we had triplet, black with white face ram lambs. We removed the membrane from the noses and cleaned off the faces. The ewe wasn't producing any milk at all last night, so we bottle fed the little guys and put the ewe and them in a 4 x 4 goat stall with a heat lamp. As of midnight we checked and still no milk, so we bottle fed just an ounce each of goat milk. At three am still no milk, although they were trying. At 6 am they were nursing away and she had milk/colostrum flowing. I bottle fed them each a little anyway, since it is triplets. By noon, they were scampering around the stall. Only eight more ewes to go.

Fawteen    Posted 02-17-2004 at 16:19:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
As Colin said, it's best to "strip" the ewe to make sure both teats are flowing. Sometimes the lambs can't generate enough suction to clear the plug.

Glad everything (ahem) came out all right.

I've got one ewe I'm watching closely, wouldn't surprise me to see lambs in a day or two.

Colin in Wisconsin    Posted 02-17-2004 at 16:05:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm not sure what advice you received earlier but I've found that it's best to milk the ewe a little by hand after delivery to expel the waxy plug that seals the teat. Then put the lamb right on its mother while milking in the lamb's face. Ewe will appreciate a bucket of warm water with plenty of molasses in it also after her hard work.

buck    Posted 02-17-2004 at 14:15:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

Sounds typical, You lay in the field all summer with a gun handy to keep the dogs off them and then you lay in the barn all winter watching over the lambing process. Watching them lettle fellers jump up and start nursing made it all worth while. Enjoy

Clipper    Posted 02-17-2004 at 13:57:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fawteen will be glad to hear that....course ya gotta remember that them sheeps are the worlds biggest liars too! :^)

Fawteen    Posted 02-17-2004 at 16:20:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup. Can't believe a word they say...

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