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countrygirlatheart

  • Joined Apr 2008
Re: Lambies out for their first night
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2010, 07:32:00 pm »
hi Farmer       intrigued .... do you actually mean Kellogs Rice Crispies ??   I have a ewe lamb who is a small triplet that we've tried to top up with bottle feeding but she's really not interested (long story - the ewe lets her 2 brothers suck but moves off when its the ewe lamb) if you hold on to the ewe the lamb is keen to grab some milk tho     they have ad lib haylage and access to creep     I didn't realise that a lamb would actually drink milk from a bowl?   might try that - every little helps!
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Farmer

  • Joined May 2009
  • Sidway, Staffordshire
    • Farmeats.com
Re: Lambies out for their first night
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2010, 08:27:29 pm »
Hi...yes 'Kellogs' or even a cheaper brand would probably do...they can't help getting some of the 'crispies' in their mouths, so they have to chew...so its good training for 'lamb creep'...obviously the 'milk' is Lamblac (or another brand of milk replacer product if you prefer) so they are still getting the vitimins and minerals they need...we've fed it to our goats and young piglets when nursing and find it a very good way of getting them started on 'whole feed'...hope it works for you.

Best regards
Farmer,  :farmer:

countrygirlatheart

  • Joined Apr 2008
Re: Lambies out for their first night
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2010, 09:10:31 pm »
thanks for the reply Farmer       this little girlie is happily munching on creep feed  (should have said in the last post that she's about 6 weeks old now) but I was wondering if its worth offering her milk to drink from a bowl rather than a bottle?  possibly a daft question!    however, if she would drink lamlac in that way maybe it would help give her a bit extra and build her up a bit

Farmer

  • Joined May 2009
  • Sidway, Staffordshire
    • Farmeats.com
Re: Lambies out for their first night
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2010, 10:11:31 am »
Hi again...you can only try...but keep giving her Lamblac from the bottle as well...sadly, unless she has had sufficient colostrum from her mum in the early days, she will not have any immunity...and may not make it no matter how hard you try...but DON'T GIVE UP...our Laurence NEVER had mothers milk and he survived...so good luck!

Farmer,  :farmer:

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: Lambies out for their first night
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2010, 09:26:21 am »
Very interesting Farmer and thank you Wizard for your lovely comment :D

We had our first lambo of the last batch yesterday afternoon, she had lambed herself in the paddock, so then we brought the other 8 inlast night too. She s a remarkably good mother for a first timer, chattering away to him, Bazz had to give them both a little help with the initial feeding but now they doing swimmingly :D

So 8 more to go :D
« Last Edit: March 11, 2010, 09:41:34 am by Hellybee »

Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Lambies out for their first night
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2010, 09:30:20 am »
I'm sure they will Helly Only interfere if she needs help. Looking forward to the new flock count :D :farmer:
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: Lambies out for their first night
« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2010, 09:43:30 am »
Thank you Wizard,  yes we will :D  They are all first timers in this batch and we will deal with each birth accordingly.  Luckily its a small group too :)

 

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