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LandieMan

  • Joined Jul 2012
Lethargic lamb
« on: June 15, 2013, 10:26:16 pm »
One of my Heb lambs, which was bottle fed, is looking lost and lethargic. He always seems to have a mouth full of chewed grass. I have put him in front of the creep feed, he pushes it around but does not swallow it. He has been weaned for the last month and has only been like this the past couple of days. I have bottle fed him some lectade to give him some electrolytes in case he is dehydrated. Any suggestions?
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Lethargic lamb
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2013, 11:04:45 pm »
Is his rumen working properly?  Are his teeth ok?
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LandieMan

  • Joined Jul 2012
Re: Lethargic lamb
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2013, 06:51:17 am »
He has been on grass for the past couple of weeks. I assume his rumen is working, although how do you check? His teeth look fine. I will isolate him, keep feeding the isotonic solution and feed him just creep. I have pig enclosure that is like the desert.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Lethargic lamb
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2013, 09:15:41 am »
To check the rumen, first smell the breath - you don't want to be smelling any ketones or sourness.  Secondly, watch his left flank for the 'rumen wave' and keep an eye, ear (and nose!) out for farts and belches.  The rumen should contract every 30 seconds or so, and you can see the wave travel along the flank as it does this.  You may also often catch the belch, or sometimes fart, that accompanies its conclusion!
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Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Argyll
Re: Lethargic lamb
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2013, 01:26:36 pm »
Have they been wormed ??

 

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