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Ians suffolks

  • Joined Mar 2013
Blood from ewe before water bag
« on: April 03, 2013, 03:04:19 pm »
This morning when I went out to feed, one of the ewes had a bloody stain around her rear, after about 2 hours or so she started with contractions and the water bag came out intact. She went on to have a live lamb. She had what I assumed was the afterbirth hanging for about half an hour or so.
When I went away to get a warm and a cuppa I got back expecting to see the afterbirth out but she had had another dead lamb.
Do you think that the bloody show this morning was the burst sack from the second lamb and it had died inside. The lambs are 4 days early, could it be the ewe trying to get rid of the dead one or could it just be that the second one died whilst I was away?

Any ideas appreciated.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Blood from ewe before water bag
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2013, 03:29:35 pm »
I've sometimes seen blood before perfectly healthy lambs have been born.  If the lamb was a mustardy colour it may have been queuing to be born for too long.

Ians suffolks

  • Joined Mar 2013
Re: Blood from ewe before water bag
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2013, 03:49:09 pm »
It didn't look a funny colour but when I got to it it had its head clear but all of its body was still in its bag.
It had shown no sign of movement at all, I don't know if the mum had licked the head clean or if it birthed that way.
Also to top it off it looks like mum stood on the live ones tail in the commotion as it was running with blood, i have put an elasticator on it to stop the bleeding as it would have had one soon anyway.

Oh this is a steep learning curve for a first timer.

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Blood from ewe before water bag
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2013, 09:38:12 pm »
Many many reasons why a lamb dies  :-\   did the mother chew the tail off ???

Brucklay

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Perthshire
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Re: Blood from ewe before water bag
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2013, 10:59:22 pm »
Agree with Shep53 - helping commercial farm and seeing chewed tails - would be my first thoughts on that one
Pygmy Goats, Shetland Sheep, Zip & Indie the Border Collies, BeeBee the cat and a wreak of a building to renovate!!

Ians suffolks

  • Joined Mar 2013
Re: Blood from ewe before water bag
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2013, 10:05:45 am »
Thanks for the insight, she seems to be a good mother anyway and is now taking an interest in the next ewes birth that happened this morning.

2 ewes down 13 to go.  :sheep:

 

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