Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pull Through

Got a couple hours of sleep and then headed back up the hill to check on the lambs. All seemed well, save for one of Split Ear's twins. It was laying in the corner limp and seemed to have a clean discharge from its mouth and nose. I picked him up and brought him inside. He ate well, drinking a serving of colostrum with fervor and then fell back into an exhausted sleep. I don't know if he will pull through or not but he is still alive a half hour later, if very weak. The reality is I might lose him. I am hoping he pulls through. His twin is doing just fine. This is exactly what happened last year with Split Ear, one twin was weaker and died and I thought it had to do with her milk production, which is why both have been bottle fed since birth. I have no idea why every other lamb up there is chipper and hearty and this one is so weak. I hope his warmer time inside, the bottle, and time heal him.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer Mitton said...

Hi Jenna, I'm sorry for your loss! I had a lamb get crushed before, it sounds just like what happened to your little guy. I use the jug method, so Mom and babies bond for 3 days then I release them back into the flock. Well, the little lamb (also a male from a twin) that I lost was doing excellent with just Mom and sis for the first three days, so I released them and the next day I found him limp in a corner of the sheep house already dead. I had seen him running around with Mom and the rest of the flock very healthy looking and 2 hours later he was dead. I was utterly confused and devastated. My vet necropsied the little guy and determined that he got squished. You know how the sheep like to bed down all together, well, someone must not have seen him when they laid down. I hope this little story helps ease your mind even just a little, sometimes we do all that we can for our animals and things just happen ...

March 8, 2016 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Lisa Warner said...

I had two ewes last year that had triplets. Both of those ewes were experienced and good moms. I was already out there feeding a trio of bottle lambs (ewe had prolapsed) so I added the third lamb to the bottle rotation to supplement. In spite of making sure that they nursed and got the colostrum, in spite of the supplemental feedings, the third, smaller lamb failed to thrive and only lived about 24 hours. The ewes raised their other two lambs quite successfully. Sometimes things just happen, is spite of everything you do. It's hard.

March 14, 2016 at 12:30 AM  

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