[Jacob-list] dead lambs
oliveoyl_123 at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 27 16:47:16 EDT 2011
Marie (who now works at Cornell Sheep Farm) said first one was probably deformed, the second sounds like floppy kid (goat term) syndrome and tubing her probably made her worse.
From: lambfarm at tds.net
To: jacob-list at jacobsheep.com
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:03:36 -0400
Subject: [Jacob-list] dead lambs
Okay,folks, this has never happened before...First
ewe to lamb out was bred elsewhere:both lambs were weak and lethargic,brought
them inside,milked out mom and gave them both colostrum...Little boy recovered,
went out, nursed on mom, is doing well. Little girl got progressively weaker,
and I noticed her anus was a little strange. She was pooping but it just
didn't look right. Second morning, she was very weak, there was blood near her
backside, she was bleeding rectally. I figured at that point there was
something internally wrong with her, and the kindest thing I could do was not
feed her. She died shortly thereafter.
Next ewe lambs out; one of mine, had twins last
year, no problems. This year, a single ewe lamb, feisty, got up right away
looking for food. But she got progressively weaker. That was
yesterday. This morning I weighed her and she had lost a pound from
birthweight. I brought her inside and tubed her with mom's colostrum,
noticing that mom was only working on one side. Had she only tried that
side and with no milk, was slowly starving? Well, anyway,tubed her this
morning. Tubed her a few hours later.Just went out and she's very much
dying. No point in tubing her again. No fever. This one looks on the
outsideanyway anatomically correct. She peed. Not sure she ever
pooped. I had to tube a lamb a few years ago, and she bounced right back.
This one clearly isn't going to. At this point, to even find a vet who knows
sheep on a Sunday afternoon...I don't think they could get here in time. I don't
think she hasmuch time left. She's lying on her side, legs stretched out,
stargazing a bit.
With the first one, I figured there was some
internal problem, but now to have another one die...and she was fine when
born. Any thoughts out there?
Unfortunately, my vet decided there was more money
in being pet vets and gave up farm animals. The nearest vet is a horse
vet, who has meds, but is admittedly clueless about sheep. The next
nearest is 45 minutes away. I only know about him; haven't called
Betty, in Vermont,who now has a blog, thanks
to help from Walter and Linda. See Betty's blog at http://sheepwoman.wordpress.com.
Jacob-list mailing list, sponsored by Swallow Lane Farm & Fiberworks
Jacob-list at jacobsheep.com
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Jacob-list