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JFW67

  • Joined Apr 2020
  • Co. Derry
    • Valkyrie Craft: Handmade Canoes and Kayaks
Safe drinking trough for ewes with lambs
« on: March 27, 2022, 09:19:57 pm »
Hi All,

I am totally new to lambing.

My welsh black mountain sheep have started lambing.  (All going very well and stress free so far)

Stupidly, I did not consider watering arrangements for the field I am keeping the new lambs and mothers in initially.
I have an old bathtub I am intending to move into the field to use - Simply sitting on the ground, levelled and stabilised.

Is this a safe option - I don't want to find a few drowned lambs in it!

Useful comments gratefully accepted.

John
Mistakes teach best.  😳🙄😉

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Safe drinking trough for ewes with lambs
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2022, 09:29:36 pm »
Iím not sure ewes would manage to drink out of a bath, would it be too tall? I have a trough similar to below, itís great for sheep.


https://www.moleonline.com/jfc-dt30sf-easy-access-water-trough-30-gallon

Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Safe drinking trough for ewes with lambs
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2022, 08:48:30 am »
Depends how many sheep you have. We only have 11 and they just drink from buckets. They never seem to knock anything over  - when they have a run around they tend to just leap over them - and it's quick and easy to scrub and refill a couple of buckets.
Like Twizzel I think a normal bathtub would be too high for most sheep and it would be an onerous task keeping it clean.

JFW67

  • Joined Apr 2020
  • Co. Derry
    • Valkyrie Craft: Handmade Canoes and Kayaks
Re: Safe drinking trough for ewes with lambs
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2022, 04:21:57 pm »
Thanks for the replies.  I think i'll stay with the bucket option in the short term.

Thanks again

John
Mistakes teach best.  😳🙄😉

 

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