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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: luckylady on March 19, 2012, 09:29:26 am

Title: 2 or 3 orphan lambs?
Post by: luckylady on March 19, 2012, 09:29:26 am
 :wave: Hello everyone, I'm new to this so please bear with me.
We are looking to adopt some orphan lambs from a local farmer to handrear as farmyard pets and lawnmowers.  They will be with us for life and we will be raising them to be as friendly as possible.  I was wanting to get just two lambs but my daughter has heard that you should get no fewer than three as they are flock animals.  I know the reasons for getting three are obvious but would getting just two be detrimental to their wellbeing?  Can anyone advise please?   :sheep: :sheep: or  :sheep: :sheep: :sheep:?
Title: Re: 2 or 3 orphan lambs?
Post by: Fleecewife on March 19, 2012, 11:19:55 am
Two will do fine together, but one won't.  So...when one of the two dies (orphan lambs by their nature may not 'do' as well as those reared by their dams so the chance of losing one is real) you will be left desperately trying to find a friend for the survivor.  Best to start with three  :sheep: :sheep: :sheep:
Title: Re: 2 or 3 orphan lambs?
Post by: luckylady on March 19, 2012, 11:31:12 am
Thank you Fleecewife, thats a great help.  :thumbsup: Three it is.  :sheep: :sheep: :sheep: