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Discussion in 'Feeding Time - Sheep' started by shepherdO, Mar 6, 2019.

  1. Mar 6, 2019
    shepherdO

    shepherdO Overrun with beasties

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    Okay, so this might not seem earth-changing, but after bottle-feeding a reject triplet for the last 11 days it's good news to me!

    So on Saturday evening my Rambouillet Bonnie gave birth to a big dead ewe and a tiny weakling ramlamb who's just holding on by the skin of his teeth three days in. I've been milking Bonnie 3x per day to feed her lamb and build up colostrum. Very exhausting work...

    So today my son and I put Bonnie in a stanchion - she hates it and just about strangles herself, lies down, etc., so we had to put two roped beneath her belly and kind of hoist her up. Stinker...

    Anyhoo, we brought Tim-Tam, fresh from a day spent at school with my students, back into the shed, and prepared for a possible hours-long fight to try to get her to suckle on the Rambouillet - not her mother.

    Well, I held Tim-Tam down, blindly squeezing milk around her muzzle, and within 3-4 seconds she latched on and sucked for all she was worth! I switched her 2 or 3 times to the other teat to get her used to 'sharing' and using both sides, and she was great!

    Bonnie's a great milker, and used to me milking her, so she didn't put up a fuss at all. I'm super stoked, b/c, even if I have to restrain Bonnie 4 times per day to let Tim-Tam nurse, it means that I won't have to make homemade milk replacer anymore, mix multiple bottles and switch nipples, etc., etc., etc. Dairy isn't cheap in Canada like it is in the States, so this could end up as a great savings!

    Anyhoo, I had heard nightmares about getting a bottle lamb to accept a real udder, so this is great! Now we just have to get the little guy better so he can clamp on the other side!
     
  2. Mar 6, 2019
    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master

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    You are on a winning streak! Yay for Tim-Tam and for you, for not giving up.
     
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    Mini Horses

    Mini Horses Herd Master

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    Wonderful news!! When I have a bottle baby, I try to use milk from a goat. It's not just cheaper than buying powdered, it's better.

    Kudos, good job.