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horsemadmummy

  • Joined Feb 2010
lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:02:15 am »
Please can anyone give me some advice of what I need to have as my lambing kit for the five ewes who are expecting anytime - have read the books but they allgive different advice so thought best to ask the people who have had to use them - I have 5 ewes.
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Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2011, 09:43:50 am »
Hi,

In my view (and everyones is different):

Essential: - assuming they just pop out and everything is fine.....
Iodine or umbilical spray
Towells (to dry lambs and hands if necessary)
Castration / Tail Rings and Pliers
Gloves

Would reccomend: - assuming they DONT just pop out.....
Lambing aid / Lamb puller
Colostrum & Bottle (In case they wont feed straight away)
Lamb Care intensive (To give weak lambs a boost)
Lubricant (in case you need to "go in"!
Marker Spray (match sheep to Lambs)

Also Consider:
Heat Source (warm cold lambs)
Stomach feeder (Rostrum or syringe and catheter type)
Uteri support (For prolapses)

Thats about it - but you can keep adding to the list - oh! and one last thing - plenty of light in the lambing area - cos if you dont have light available you can be sure they will all lamb in the middle of the night.....!!


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horsemadmummy

  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011, 10:14:05 am »
could lamb kick start be given to an poor doer upto two weeks?

Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 10:58:04 am »
Hi,

This is what the blurb on the box says :

Quote
"General tonic and rapid energy with a nutritional boost for weak and growing lambs. Helps provide support for lambs during disease. "

So as WG says it wouldnt do any harm.

But as with most lamb products - they are best administered as soon after birth as possible - especially the Lamb Care intensive.

Thanks
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Elissian

  • Joined Oct 2009
  • Wiltshire
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 08:35:14 pm »
I have:
Iodene spray for lambs umbilical,
Examination gloves and antiseptic lubricant incase i have to assist but i've hardly ever had to,
Castration/tail rubber bands and applicator,
Sachet of colostrum and stomach tube with attached syringe,
also a white board to make notes with a tick chart to make sure i don't forget anything because i'm very scatty.
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I also have a bottle of pen and strep (antibiotic) and syringes and needles, in case i have to intervene in a delivery in which case i give this to the ewe.

for turnout i have spray marker so that each lamb and ewe are numbered , different colours for twins and triplets, this makes it easy to check that the mothers and babes are together.

crovect for the ewe to prevent flystrike and wormer for the ewe.
foot rot shears to trim the ewes feet on turnout

i don't dry the lambs but i do bring them into the barn after the initial licking by the ewe so they are on dry straw.

I also tag the lambs before turnout but a lot of people don't do this as they feel their lambs are too small i personally think the wiltshire horn lambs can cope.
Hope you enjoy your lambing it's such a wonderful thing to watch new life




pikilily

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Do what you enjoy; And enjoy what you do!!
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011, 08:55:05 pm »
As above, but would add and emphasise a torch lamp and a head torch, .....plus a spare..... plus batteries. 
A head lamp is fantastic cos you can be sure a ewe will turn so you are in darkness not matter where you hang your lamp!!! ::) ::)


Also for yourself. a water proof jacket and trousers which can be slipped on over your jammies if required for nighttime inspections.... also if you are kneeling in wet and slimy ground it saves your own comfort. Hat, gloves to keep you warm. flask of hot water made up in evening for tea, coffees or for washing hands. Packet of sweets too!

I am lucky, i have a log cabin right next to the lambing paddock. So for the duration, i have the wood burner going, all my sheep books to hand, and sleep on the futon out in the cabin. I can just open the window and listen for sounds of something happening, or make a cuppa and sit out on the veranda, it is just the most wonderful few weeks of the year.!

Emma T  :sheep: :sheep:
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Elissian

  • Joined Oct 2009
  • Wiltshire
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 09:04:37 pm »
Your log cabin sounds like heaven!

andywalt

  • Joined Aug 2010
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Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2011, 09:33:36 pm »
any pics available? love to see it
Suffolk x romneys and Texel X with Romney Tup, Shetlands and Southdown Tup

pikilily

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Do what you enjoy; And enjoy what you do!!
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2011, 11:23:51 pm »
the log cabin with the lambing paddock on the immediate right. taken during the winter snow!!!!! hopefully it will be warmer in a few weeks time!
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Cinderhills

  • Joined Jul 2010
  • North Yorkshire
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2011, 08:12:37 am »
That looks so cosy.  How perfect! :)

horsemadmummy

  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2011, 08:34:58 am »
what about 'clipping' some of the ewe's fleece?  is this necessary?

bazzais

  • Joined Jan 2010
    • Allt Y Coed Farm and Campsite
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2011, 09:08:13 am »
Its best to clear a reasonable path to mams teet otherwise they spend alot of time sucking on clingons ;)

Also a few feed from the rear so best not to have too many danglies to fight through.

Baz

horsemadmummy

  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2011, 09:10:40 am »
will electric clippers be up to the job - they are shetlands so have a very good fleece on them!!!

Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2011, 09:23:26 am »
Hi,

Probably best to invest a few quid in a small set of dagging shears for trimming the back ends.
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horsemadmummy

  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: lambing kit essentials for newbie!!!!
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2011, 09:54:48 am »
You will see from my other threads I ask lots of questions and I am grateful for all advice.  I am currently switching between this forum and the farm supplies website so that I can get my shopping list sorted!!! As it says at the top I am a newbie and paranoid I will forget something and I want to make sure I do the best I can by my animals.

If I knew when they were due to lamb perhaps I would be more relaxed

But for the record THANK YOU FOR EVERY REPLY POSTED I AM VERY VERY GRATEFUL TO HAVE FOUND THE SITE AND ALL OF YOU

 

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