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goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: How to tempt ewe to eat?
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2014, 05:09:54 pm »
Lots of great advice that makes you grateful for this website  :thumbsup:  we also use a turkey baster rather than a syringe - you can get it down further and it has quite a wide opening at the end so semi-solids can go through it too.


Great news, hope she's fine tomorrow  :fc:
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: How to tempt ewe to eat?
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2014, 05:44:06 pm »
Yet another use for a turkey baster !  (I use mine for applying dye to fibre; the turkey gets basted using a big 50ml medical syringe... :-J)
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JulieWall

  • Joined Aug 2013
  • Cornhill, Banff
    • The Roundhouse
Re: How to tempt ewe to eat?
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2014, 09:57:24 pm »
Lakeland sell a stainless steel turkey baster, should stand up to the back molars better than a plastic one. I think that syringe I had was made for drenching, I cadged it from the man at the farm supplies shop. It held about 200 ml and had a nozzle just like a turkey baster but had a proper plunger. It was a bit squashed and shredded by the time I had fed that ewe for a couple of days so had to be discarded.
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farmvet

  • Joined Feb 2014
Re: How to tempt ewe to eat?
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2014, 11:45:43 pm »
Glad shes lambed, hopefully she'll improve now.  If you want to syringe or tube feed her have a chat to your local horse feed merchant.  There are now a lot of ready soak fibre feeds for old horses that would be ideal, or grass nuts

Stanlamb

  • Joined Oct 2012
Re: How to tempt ewe to eat?
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2014, 09:31:45 pm »
Thanks for all the advice .... would never have considered a turkey baster for drenching!  The ewe is a little better - drinking well, has been munching on straw which is, I suppose, better than nothing and is much brighter and fussing over her lambs.  Still not interested in meal.  Sadly, I think we're going to lose one of her lambs - he has become more and more dopey since birth, not in the least lively.  He was blowing a bit this morning so I gave him Pen & Strep and Combivit but he really is in bad shape and terribly weak this evening.  I don't think there is much else I can do.  Am really disappointed - it's been a bad 24 hours.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: How to tempt ewe to eat?
« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2014, 10:11:47 pm »
Eating straw is good  :thumbsup:, sounds like she is coming round  :relief:

Sorry your one lamb is failing -  :fc: the other one makes it.

Concentrate on the positives, don't get down about the ones you can't save.  You did your best, they won't all live.   :hug:
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