Winter Preps & The Sick Lamb
I got pricing on some snow tires (so expensive!) and am looking for some used ones online instead. So far progress towards my winter prep goals has been slow, but I am gaining on them. I may not be ahead of the race but I can go to sleep knowing I have all the food, water, heat, and shelter I need on this farm to be safe. So do my animals.
Most of them, at least. I have a weak little ram lamb that has been down since Saturday morning when I found him near the water trough. He was brought inside to be inspected, medicated, and observed constantly - so I made him a lay-lined bed in the dog crate right in the living room. He spent two days inside and showed slow recovery, if any. It was confusing because when most sheep go down like this they either die or are back on their feet in under 36 hours. Not this little guy. ProPen and electrolytes weren't helping, but his body seemed unable to walk and stiff. I decided it was most likely White Muscle and gave him a shot of selenium. He was also drenched for worms... I'll check on him in a bit, as I hope that will do the trick. I can not call the vet, as its simply too expensive right now to even consider for the cost of the lamb. So I am trusting my own experience and care, time, and a little prayer. If you raise sheep and think it may be something else not related to WM, Tetanus, or such - let me know please. Home remedies are welcomed, too.