The Birth of a Lamb w/photos

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The Birth of a Lamb

Signs of impending labor/early labor

Udder fills and the vulva gets pink and swollen
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Raised tail
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Lots of stretching
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Sunken sides
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Labor

When the ewe starts pushing, she will brace herself with her rear legs
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The first water bag is usually filled with light colored fluid
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The following bag or bags are filled with a darker fluid
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The toes start showing
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Two toes and a nose = proper presentation
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Here she is!
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Sometime after the lambs are born, the ewe will pass the placenta
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The ewe will often eat the placenta. It is a good source of energy for her.
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A healthy, happy lamb!
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woodsie said:
Thank you for the detailed photos...we are newbies expecting lambs at the end of April and this was very helpful! :thumbsup Cute babies too!
Thanks! Good luck with your lambing!
 

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Very good picture series of pics....I'll try to get a 'back legs first' one when my lambing starts in about 10 days.....it will probably only go as far as a bit of legs showing as I always pull them out.
 

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Sheepshape said:
Very good picture series of pics....I'll try to get a 'back legs first' one when my lambing starts in about 10 days.....it will probably only go as far as a bit of legs showing as I always pull them out.
Why do you pull all of your lambs? Do your ewes always have trouble lambing? Are the lambs too big?
 

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