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WarescotFarm

  • Joined Jun 2012
Are my lambs big enough to go it alone?
« on: April 24, 2013, 06:23:57 pm »
Hi folks  :wave:

How old do lambs need to be before they can be in a field all day and night without a full grown sheep?

I just have 3 bottle fed lambs and want to put them in the paddock full time but am worried about foxes

they are fully weaned and are good weights

Thanks WF
Miniature Falabella, Pygmy Goat, 2 Glouster Old Spots, 1 Long Island Red, 1 Light Sussex, 1 Dark Sussex, 1 Silkie, 1 Magpie Duck and hopefully some more chicks and ducklings due to hatch soon!

Hillview Farm

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Surrey
  • Proud owner of sheep and Llamas!
Re: Are my lambs big enough to go it alone?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 07:40:19 pm »
I thought after a couple days old they were fine as they are too big.... I may be wrong

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Are my lambs big enough to go it alone?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 11:22:06 pm »
I put mine out at 6 weeks

LouiseG

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Appleby-in-Westmorland
Re: Are my lambs big enough to go it alone?
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013, 12:59:05 pm »
Agree with twizzel, ours go out about 6 weeks, once all the milk powder has been used up :sheep:
So many ideas, not enough hours

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Are my lambs big enough to go it alone?
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013, 04:18:22 pm »
We keep a tame old ewe that's not going to be allowed to lamb again to act as a "nanny".  She'll automatically become head of the lamb flock and because she's trained to call and to the bucket she'll teach them in turn.

 

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