[Jacob-list] posting lambing horror stories
patchworkfibers at alltel.net
Tue Apr 25 19:06:20 EDT 2006
I agree wholeheartedly. We do post more about the "bad stuff". As much as I like to hear about successful birthing, it would be abit tiring to read the hundreds of posts that say "my ewe lambed today with no problem".
There have been many times when I have encountered a problem in my flock (not often related to birthing) that I've remembered a post that helped me find a solution.
Registered Jacob Sheep, Angora Rabbits, Handspun Yarn
On Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:29:46 -0700, Melody wrote:
> We all tend to post about bad stuff, either venting, looking for
> advice or an understanding shoulder to cry on. You don't read
> about the hundreds of good births that occur for every bad one.
> I'm now going into my 7th year with Jacobs, no prior sheep
> experience, running a small flock of 10-15 ewes. In that time have
> had 1 stillbirth and have assisted perhaps a dozen times, a couple
> of which were probably unnecessary but things were just taking
> toooo long. :-) Mostly the "assist" was just an extra pull or two
> on overly large lambs, and when I quit graining my ewes on a
> regular basis the problem disappeared. Jacobs are the "do it
> yourselfers" of the sheep world, I think--they'd rather present you
> with a fait d'accompli than have you supervising the event.
> Frankly, I appreciate the "horror story" posts, not through any
> sense of morbid fascination but because I learn from each one, and
> when I have a problem it is comforting to know that others also
> have similar problems and I am not just a totally incompetent
> shepherd and unworthy to own sheep.
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