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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Black udder!?
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2021, 10:27:30 am »
Weirdly they always seem to have full tummies?!?

Okay, so what is making you think she isn't feeding them? 
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mariegold

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Black udder!?
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2021, 10:29:15 am »
Her udder is tight and big. I've watched them trying to feed and she kicks them off...

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Black udder!?
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2021, 03:07:43 pm »
Ok, I would pen her up, and check the udder just after she has fed them - she may still have residual lumps etc, so still painful. A few days of Metacam should help her. If the udder still feels hot, she may need another course of AB's, she may well have subclinical mastitis (I have had that quite a few times with the goats, they were antsy at milking time, lumpy udder, usually no temperature and no other outwards signs that anything was amiss)


Also if there is water available the lambs may just fill themselves up on that. I have had that in the past, but you would notice soon that the lambs are not thriving. Watch the lambs for a while during the day if you can.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Black udder!?
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2021, 04:32:33 pm »
She may find Udder Mint soothing.  Rub it in after the lambs have fed - and wash your hands before touching any of your own sensitive tissues!  (Eyes etc.)
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

mariegold

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Black udder!?
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2021, 07:04:01 pm »
Thanks for the replies. I've followed Anke's advice and penned them and given pain killers.
The top half of the udder does feel a bit hard, so I'll do antibiotics again. If no improvement by Monday, I'll get the vet out to take a look.
I've also got a couple of milking goats.... So much easier than sheep!

 

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