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benkt

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Cambridgeshire
    • Hempsals Community Farm
Lamb advice requested
« on: May 19, 2016, 07:35:02 am »
I've got a 10 day old lamb who's just slightly unsatisfactory - they've all been out in a small paddock since Saturday and this one is often on his own, doesn't seem to stick to his mum like the others. Whenever I check, he has milk in his belly but is clearly smaller and less 'bouncy' than the others. Mum has plenty of milk and is still cleaning him. Any ideas for ways to perk him up? or am I just worrying too much?
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Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2016, 08:33:40 am »
You could give him some lamb kick start?

Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2016, 10:08:53 am »
Agree give him some glucose or kick start. Maybe take his temperature whilst you have hold of him too.

benkt

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Cambridgeshire
    • Hempsals Community Farm
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2016, 10:24:28 am »
I've got some ketosaid - anyone know the dose for a small lamb?

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2016, 11:01:42 am »
Have a good listen to his chest.  We had a couple of lambs just like that and they both had pneumonia.  One survived with prompt vet treatment, the other was dead before we could get her to the vet and before the AntiBs we gave had had time to kick in.
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Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2016, 11:41:32 am »
How many weeks before lambing did the ewe receive her vaccine booster?

benkt

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Cambridgeshire
    • Hempsals Community Farm
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2016, 12:22:22 pm »
Early vaccination with heptavac three months before lambing - problems due to synchronising goats' and sheep vaccines using the same bottle.

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2016, 12:29:59 pm »
Early vaccination with heptavac three months before lambing - problems due to synchronising goats' and sheep vaccines using the same bottle.


Their immunity has probably been compromised as ewe's need a booster 4 to 6 weeks before lambing so it corresponds with when they are making colostrum.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2016, 11:06:05 pm »
Check lungs, feet, armpits, anus, condition score.

Oh, and if he's been ringed, perhaps also check that the ring has been correctly applied, and hasn't caught a testicle mid-testis, or trapped a bit of tubing.  (Not easy to tell, the latter - maybe look for tenderness, bruising?)

If all seem fine, but he's a bit listless, I'd give a shot of Combivit.  Magical stuff. 
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benkt

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Cambridgeshire
    • Hempsals Community Farm
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2016, 09:45:01 pm »
Great checklist Sally, thanks!

Sbom

  • Joined Jul 2012
  • Staffordshire
Re: Lamb advice requested
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2016, 10:29:38 pm »
And check his temperature

 
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