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


Raised tail


Lots of stretching


Sunken sides


Labor

When the ewe starts pushing, she will brace herself with her rear legs




The first water bag is usually filled with light colored fluid


The following bag or bags are filled with a darker fluid




The toes start showing




Two toes and a nose = proper presentation










Here she is!


Sometime after the lambs are born, the ewe will pass the placenta




The ewe will often eat the placenta. It is a good source of energy for her.


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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