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Paulie

  • Joined May 2013
Ewe not looking good
« on: May 17, 2015, 09:16:02 pm »
More help please guys.
3 yr old ewe that has always looked poor compared to my other. She had twins five weeks ago, took one off as she didn't have enough milk for both. Has seemed to cope ok with one but has gradually got thinner, she started to scour yesterday and now looks shocking!! Poop is greeny brown.
She's lying down a lot, but is grazing occasionally on grass hay and hard feed, she seems to be paying a lot of attention to the salt lick and looks to be drinking plenty.

I don't think she's producing any milk now as udder is tiny but soft and normal in colour.

I've wormed and drenched, anything else I can do before calling the vet?

Thanks in advance!!!!

Me

  • Joined Feb 2014
  • Wild West
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2015, 09:23:49 pm »
Drinking plenty or excessive thirst? Excessive thirst is a very bad sign - I think a vet is a good idea.

Old Shep

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • North Yorkshire
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2015, 10:26:36 pm »
I would bottle feed the remaining lamb and ring the vets about the ewe.  Have you changed her to rich pasture or increased her concentrates?  Both would cause the runs.
Helen - (used to be just Shep).  Gordon Setters, Border Collies and chief lambing assistant to BigBennyShep.

fiestyredhead331

  • Joined Sep 2012
  • NW Highlands
    • Facebook
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2015, 12:24:29 am »
I give mine 5ml of Kaolin, available from boots etc to help with scouring. If she's not producing milk she could also be calcium deficient?
I'm sure someone better qualified will be along with some more professional advice will be along shortly  :fc:
keeper of goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, goldfish and children, just don't ask me which is the most work!

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2015, 09:42:33 am »
Pop her to the vet, good luck x

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2015, 09:47:55 am »
Get some collate for her too.

Paulie

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2015, 09:50:18 am »
Thanks guys, vets coming out at 3.30

Paulie

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2015, 08:45:35 am »
Vet came, she's pretty stumped as the ewe seems in fine health other than the weight loss, she did name a disease it could be. Bloods and poo sample taken.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2015, 10:29:56 am »
Johne's????

fiestyredhead331

  • Joined Sep 2012
  • NW Highlands
    • Facebook
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2015, 10:47:25 am »
I had the same thought Anke  :-\
keeper of goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, goldfish and children, just don't ask me which is the most work!

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2015, 07:42:07 pm »
That or B deficiency?  That would cause thriftiness.

Paulie

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2015, 08:39:44 am »
Thanks guy, I lost her yesterday, still waiting on test results.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Ewe not looking good
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2015, 10:56:38 am »
Could have also been extensive fluke damage as a lamb - if she was three she was born spring 2012 - I have had similar issues with lambs from that year. Never bred them though. they just never thrived.

 

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