Weeks away from lambing? Maybe not!

Sheepshape

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Yes... Pen up mum if she isn't already penned up, make sure she has plenty to eat and drink. Milk colostrum off mum and put it into a bottle and feed to the lamb about every 2-3 hours.. Make sure the lamb keeps warm (lamb lamp, dog coat, baby sweater) and keep trying to get her to stand from mum. Ewes who have lambed for the first time often don't have a very big udder.

Hopefully this won't happen next time, but, if it does the rule is dry off the lamb, warm it right up and THEN feed the colostrum. A cold lamb can't digest.

And, this is what sheep do, time and time again.....

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She sucks well, she pees, she poops, her mom accepts her so far but she just can't stand up yet. She tries and tries, I am sure she will get there sooner than later. I am so thankful we found her when we did.
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Very very different from when her mom was born.
 

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Another member is going through this now.


She may need vitamins, B-12 injection, selenium and vitamin E paste.
 

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Yes, we are adding vitamins to her colostrum. Vet said to just keep up what we are doing till she finishes cooking or grows out of her premie state and can do things on her own.

She may need vitamins, B-12 injection, selenium and vitamin E paste.
 

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Quick Update: Baby lamb is slowly but surely getting stronger. We put her outside during the day with her mom. She can now stand up on her own and she'll get burst of energy where she just wants to walk and walk and walk, usually at 1:30am o_O We may try and leave her outside with her mom tonight, I'm a little hesitant though. She doesn't have enough strength to latch onto mom yet but takes the bottle well. She seems more interested in nibbling on the grass.

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I am a little worried about the premie, since we brought her inside Friday afternoon she has just slept. She stills eats every time I give her the bottle. Took her to the vet yesterday and they said that she looks fine but not sure if she would make it since she is a premie. They gave her more vitamins. She is still sleeping. She was doing so well getting up and walking on her own twice a day to just sleeping. We are going to try some electrolytes to see if that makes any difference.

I'm not sure if she is constipated, might try an enema. Are there any side effects to giving an enema if not constipated?
 
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I went ahead and did the enema, I don't know how you guys feel about poop pictures but I would like to know what you think, is she constipated?

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Sad news: The premie didn't make it, got an infection and didn't pull through. Our other ewe lambed this morning, and unfortunately the lamb wasn't able to breathe, I tried to help to no avail. Think we will put the two ewes on the market and call it that. 😭 Thank you all for the advice given over the past year. Take it easy.
 
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