How do you really go about weaning? I can see the week old lamb already trying to eat on pasture, knowing it's likely nothing and she still needs to nurse of course. But to some degree do they not naturally start to wean and eats what they live on?I wean ram lambs at 2 months. Little devils are humping everything in sight. LOL
I got a Johnson Shield on my ram. Made for buck-goats but works on rams as well. Because my sheep are trained to tether, when my two ewes got messy and ready to birth, I pulled him aside and kept him seperate for first 24-hrs somewes could have a break to recover, and bond with their triplets - yes, two ewes, six lambs. After their break, I released him to be with his family. He's good with his offspring, don't know if it was because he was within sight and saw them all born. The Johnson Shield keeps him from rebreeding the ewes - until I'm ready to do the baby-thing all over again. I give my girls one pregancy a year. I pull the Johnson Shield off him in mid-October, and now have lambs when last frost has passed - no freezing winter births.Since ewes were lambing I seperated the ram. He is by himself and was having a hard time initially. He is doing better now and stays close to fence where ewes and lamb are. But how long do I seperated them? How do I reintroduce without fear of him being aggressive with (his)lamb. I know to seperated closer to breeding....or do I keep seperated until I get him so more ewes (and maybe a wether)?View attachment 83917
Also having trouble with our akbash dog. He was with sheep no problem but never with a small lamb. She is 1 week old and I have kept him away but there has to be a time I put him back with the herd..
That's his job. But he is 1y old and a big overly playful agressive not mean at all...
Help the cohabitation!!