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plumseverywhere

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Bloated lamb
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:40:54 pm »
Evening  :)

One of our 4 and a half week old bottle lambs has bloated out tonight, he's feeling quite sorry for himself and hanging about in the corner of the shed looking very uncomfortable.

I have heard his rumen rumble but it seems slow.   I've given him some ginger in water drench and we had a small burp but he's still looking sad.

currently they have 2 bottles of 450ml lamlac, creep feed which they nibble at and access to fresh grass.

Is there anything else I should do? should I change their feeding plan (more feeds but smaller quantity?) the other 2 are fine.
thank you in advance  :)
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SallyintNorth

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Re: Bloated lamb
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 03:12:33 am »
Your regime sounds fine, plums.  Could he have drunk more than his share?  Pigged out on creep?  Did you have a sunny day and the grass grew?
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plumseverywhere

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Re: Bloated lamb
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 06:36:33 am »
Thanks Sally - we've had some sunny days so grass could have grown, he's not had more than his share but could have pigged on creep.

Had a bit of a sleepless night worrying but have crept out there to check on him (before children woke up and did so...) and he's fine! All 3 bleating for their milk.  Looks like ginger helped save the day phew.

 
Smallholding in Worcestershire, making goats milk soap for www.itsbaaathtime.com and mum to 4 girls,  goats, sheep, chickens, dog, cat and garden snails...

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
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Re: Bloated lamb
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012, 06:59:08 am »
That's good to hear  :thumbsup:

plumseverywhere

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Re: Bloated lamb
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 07:12:10 am »
Am going to stick with the regime but if I can see his belly start to swell will stop his feed and revert to smaller, more frequent bottle just for him I think. Would hate to lose one of these as they are SO healthy, fit and bouncing compared to some of last years very poorly lambs
Smallholding in Worcestershire, making goats milk soap for www.itsbaaathtime.com and mum to 4 girls,  goats, sheep, chickens, dog, cat and garden snails...

 

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