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Michelle.L.

  • Joined May 2021
pet lambs not interested in pellets
« on: June 07, 2021, 10:47:47 am »
Hello everyone. We have two pet lambs (which will stay pets), they are 6-7 weeks old and have been with us for a week now. They were on three bottles a day, which we reduced to two yesterday, and they have pellet feed and grass available during the day. At night they are inside with straw. They are however not very keen on the pellets, they will nibble at it, but eat maybe 50 grams each, if that. They do graze most of the day, though. Beeing completely new to this, I am unsure how to go about weaning. There are so many different methods/believes .... On the Lamlac bag it say they should it 250 grams of "hard feed" - they are far from doing that, but how does the grass count into that?

Also, one of the lambs has had softish droppings in the last days,  not scours, more like dog poo, which I've read might be due to too much protein (which in turn might be a hint to start wenaing?)? He seems absolutely fine otherwise, jumps aroud, grazes, devours his bottle - the farmer we got him from said he wouldn't worry about it. Any thoughts here?

Thank you!

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: pet lambs not interested in pellets
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2021, 03:57:28 pm »
You can wean anytime you like  , if you were given or bought a bag of powdered milk then you might as well keep bottle feeding until it is gone , it will allow you to bond / enjoy your lambs ,maybe  make up cold milk rather than warm as its a bit safer and twice per day is fine even once if you want . They will gradually eat  more pellets  but grass is their main feed , little hay & water available in their night shelter ?? .  If you are worried about the soft poo then use a spoon to collect some in a freezer bag and take to your vet and ask for a faecal egg count  to see if any parasites

Tractorfarmer1902

  • Joined Jun 2021
Re: pet lambs not interested in pellets
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2021, 10:25:19 pm »
I find with our sheep and lambs if they are picky to eat we drizzle a bit of molasses on their feed. some really enjoy it some, not so much. Wouldn't hurt to try!

Michelle.L.

  • Joined May 2021
Re: pet lambs not interested in pellets
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2021, 09:03:11 am »
Thanks guys, they seem to develop more if appetite for it now, so - as always - I was just too impatient ;-)

 

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