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Skye Byrd

  • Joined May 2015
  • Skye, Scotland
Damaged Horn
« on: June 13, 2016, 10:51:06 pm »
Gathered my sheep in this evening and I've noticed that the lambs (6-8wks) have damaged looking horns, it looks like they have been chewed/rubbed. Is this normal? If not, what could the possible problem and solution please?

I have brought the sheep/lambs in to give them wormer/flukicide and a mineral drench, they have already had spot-on when I brought them in to do their tails and boy bits.

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Hevxxx99

  • Joined Sep 2012
Re: Damaged Horn
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2016, 07:45:30 am »
I'd guess the lamb got caught in sheep netting but got out again. Or similar. Horned lambs are terrible for that: my Sales do it a lot. If it isn't bleeding it probably won't matter.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Damaged Horn
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 05:07:39 pm »
Badger Face ram lambs often stick their heads through the fencing to get to the best looking hawthorn leaf of all.  I've known a horn be ripped off completely, which is a fairly bloody business.  I wash the area off as best I can, use a plastic wound spray to stop it seeping and put a little Spot On near the base of the horn, to stop maggot eggs hatching.

waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Damaged Horn
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2016, 06:04:01 pm »
Badger Face ram lambs often stick their heads through the fencing to get to the best looking hawthorn leaf of all.  I've known a horn be ripped off completely, which is a fairly bloody business.  I wash the area off as best I can, use a plastic wound spray to stop it seeping and put a little Spot On near the base of the horn, to stop maggot eggs hatching.
My ram lamb kept ripping his horns, I had to keep treating in the end I found out how he was doing it, he was sticking his head through fences or small gaps, as he likes to browse more than graze, he is a crossed mountain sheep probably explains why, and then pulling it back. I soon put a stop to this and no damage ever since. He always healed very quickly, but now has one shorter than the other, he is going next week, so should taste nice :yum: The most important thing is to keep it clean and possibly if it is a big horn and it hasn't come out or is very serious mangled it will need a vet. Depends how bad the damage and how confident you're with dealing with it. However reading the original comment it doesn't sound very serious, do keep an eye out though in case they start ripping them. Mine incedentally is a friesland X Pedigree Torddu, so very mischevious
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Damaged Horn
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2016, 07:00:37 pm »
I remembered there being a pic of goatlings with sticks strapped to their horns to teach them to not stick their head through stock-fencing.

Here's the link to a pic of them wearing their 'training headgear' linky
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shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Damaged Horn
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2016, 07:12:28 pm »
Your post says ( the lambs have damaged looking horns ) so your talking many not one , you can have a mineral deficiency that causes horns to look flakey and in older ewes to be brittle and break ,  so maybe speak to your vet  and get a blood test done

 

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