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  • Joined Feb 2015
Lamb not quite right
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:24:56 pm »
I was given a 2-3 day old zwartbles lamb today, whose mother won't accept him and she murdered his sibling a few hours after birth by ramming it.
I've been trying to bottle feed him, but he just will not take. His tongue hangs out and goes from side to side and he struggles, fighting the bottle. Observing him I notice his neck is very short and his tongue seems to be a bit longer.
His left ear is also floppy.

I'm just wondering if he might be a bit deformed and if he will grow into his tongue. Anyone ever had this before?

I'm tubing him by the way which he also fights vigorously and by peeing on me


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Argyll
Re: Lamb not quite right
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 08:44:20 pm »
Sounds like his mother may have done him some damage too , maybe take to your vet for an examination and then time and patience


  • Joined May 2013
  • Proper Gloucestershire !!
Re: Lamb not quite right
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 09:00:23 pm »
Sounds like he's taken a bashing as well. The most placid of ewes can turn into complete psycho's after lambing usually they calm down after a couple of days. I'd keep trying with the milk he may be shocked and a bit bewildered. Never the best start in life. I know this may sound daft to some but a few comfort hugs inside your coat may make him feel a bit better about himself. I hope he comes right for you.


  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Lamb not quite right
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 09:09:38 pm »
There maybe an issue. And he is probably getting fairly fed up with tube feeding.

Apologies if you already doing this but you need to keep a hand under his head with your fingers either side of his face and keep the bottle firmly in. Largish hole in teat so milk is dribbling through. As said lots of patience and lots of small feeds.


  • Joined Feb 2015
Re: Lamb not quite right
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 09:45:19 pm »
I do think he got a bashing, he had some blood on his upper lip. Gave him a clean with a washing cloth and some scratching around the ears and jaw, he did seem to enjoy that.

I try to keep my hands around his mouth, but that tongue of his keeps peeping out, so I put it back under the teat and then he'll just let the milk run out of the side of his mouth.

I'll just keep trying, like you said, patience. I'm not one to quit on these guys.


  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Staffordshire
Re: Lamb not quite right
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 09:59:23 pm »
If your tubing him then he won't be hungry enough to take the bottle. Miss a feed or two and try again, he'll take it eventually, th tongue thing is because he doesn't know how to suck the bottle teat.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Lamb not quite right
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 09:27:17 am »
I suggest taking him along to your vet to check out.  Are you using standard teats?  Lambs sometimes find Pritchard teats easier to use to begin with.  I cull without mercy and wouldn't breed from that ewe again.  We now have six generations of data on our flock and good mothering appears to be a strong heritable trait. 


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