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Baby Lamb! Now what?

Discussion in 'Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Sheep' started by FlightsofFancy, Mar 9, 2011.

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    FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' with the herd

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    A woman who has been buying my goats milk for her baby lamb, just called and asked if I wanted it. She couldn't "do it" anymore! So of course I said "YES!" But now what? I have no idea how to raise a lamb. I think it's a St Croix about 2 weeks old. It's doing great on the goats milk, so that's a bonus. What else do I need to do? Can it live with my dairy goats? AND can it give any diseases to my disease free herd?
    I welcome all suggestions!!! :D
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    SDGsoap&dairy

    SDGsoap&dairy Loving the herd life

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    You need to take a picture of her is what you need to do. :p
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    FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' with the herd

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    Heehee! Her name is Mary and the sweater is from the previous owner, but oh so cute!


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    SDGsoap&dairy

    SDGsoap&dairy Loving the herd life

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    Get outta town! That is the CUTEST face!!! :love

    I'm going to rescind my previous statement about lamb being delicious.
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    20kidsonhill

    20kidsonhill True BYH Addict

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    Don't feed it goat feed, or goat minerals. There is too much copper and sheep are sensitive to copper. Otherwise pretty much the same as goats
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    helmstead

    helmstead Goat Mistress

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    Oh, dangit Kel, she's ADORABLE...

    but I think she'll have to live with your horse.

    As far as diseases...IDK? Hopefully some sheep people will chime in.
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    Roll farms

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    Oh my dang....is that thing REAL???

    So...listen...I think the best thing is....you need to send her on up here to me and let her live w/ my old sheep....OK? ;)

    I've had 4 kinds of sheep, not a lot of them (1 or 2 here and there) but always mine have lived w/ our goats. Our current ewe, Pokey...is 10 yrs old, grossly overweight (she eats like a dairy goat) and gets along fine w/ them.

    She gets vaccinated w/ the rest of her 'flock'...er...herd.

    Sheep can carry CL, but I would *think* she'd be ok unless she was exposed to an open abscess at birth.

    How could she let her go....?

    *melts*
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    FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' with the herd

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    Ok so this is what I now know.... the last owner was feeding her on demand and that was about every 3 hours or less. So no wonder she was out of her mind and sleep deprived. Poor Miss Mary will not get fed like that here. Already she is screaming up a little storm, but I bet she takes a full feeding at 10 pm. ;) Found a feeding schedule on line and it is about the same as a goat.
    I guess I will run a complete blood test on her too clarify she is disease free. What about Scrapie? I am still waiting to get the breeders name to see if it was a clean herd. I am so excited and plan to breed her and have more next year! BUT those will be dam raised! ;)
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    SDGsoap&dairy Loving the herd life

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    Except the one you're sending to my house. ;) :lol:
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    kabri Chillin' with the herd

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    That is the most adorable lamb! If you can, find out if the mother of the lamb was vaccinated at least with CD&T, if not with 8way before she gave birth. Otherwise, I would hope for the best and as others said, vac her with your goats. Congrats!!!

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