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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: debbigord on April 11, 2013, 08:27:05 am

Title: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: debbigord on April 11, 2013, 08:27:05 am
Two of our lovely Lleyn girlies had our first lambs on Tues - will try to attach pics. One had twins and the other a big single.

Up until now I was just worrying about birth etc, now I find I have a whole new set of worries and questions - please bear with me!!

Both mums have slightly snotty noses but are eating and drinking well, are up and about, feeding their new babies fine - am assuming this is just an awful weather thing, or should I worry/ do something?

We are going to do balls and tails today and then am intending to turn them out tomorrow - will new mums and babies be ok to turn out with mums yet to birth?

Last silly worry - We have fenced them in with the orange electric wire fencing to give some protection from foxes - will lambs be ok with this?
So much to learn! Reading this forum has been brill so far - thanks to all  :)

Title: Re: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: Fosterlambfarm on April 11, 2013, 09:25:16 am
Wouldn't worry too much. The lambs will be fine out as long as you make sure everything's kept clean and if your castrating with a band then don't be surprised if the lamb jumps about screaming then lays down really quiet. The ewes will be fine aswel, just keep an eye on them. As long as their feeding well and feeding lambs well then ur fine
Title: Re: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: debbigord on April 11, 2013, 06:41:13 pm
OK, that's great, thank you - will try to just stop worrying and enjoy them!
Title: Re: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: SallyintNorth on April 11, 2013, 11:22:32 pm
I'm really not sure about baby lambs and the orange squares electric netting - anyone got any firsthand experience to share?
Title: Re: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: Remy on April 12, 2013, 09:45:25 am
I haven't had any experience of the orange netting but lambs being lambs are usually very curious and there is a chance of them getting caught up.  I've also never found electric that effective in keeping a determined fox out - I had a 4ft chain fence with electric round my geese and the fox had no trouble taking them!


I'm sure your lambs will be fine, just check frequently!
Title: Re: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: Marlboro on April 12, 2013, 03:36:48 pm
The first year we had bucket lambs I tried them with electric fencing, not a good idea I discovered, the little b's had a habit of getting their heads stuck in it, gave up after a few trying hours. Perhaps yours will be better behaved but keep a clsoe watch.
Title: Re: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: SteveHants on April 12, 2013, 04:19:45 pm
Electric netting dos keep foxes out, but no - I wouldnt use it with lambs

Title: Re: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: Bramblecot on April 12, 2013, 04:23:10 pm
I tried using it in the garden under close supervision -  the adult sheep are ok but never again with lambs.  Luckily I caught each of them that got trapped  :relief: , my neighbour was not so lucky :( .
Title: Re: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: Daisys Mum on April 12, 2013, 07:27:51 pm
First year I lambed I lost one in electric netting.
Title: Re: silly questions from a first timer!
Post by: colliewoman on April 12, 2013, 07:47:54 pm
I have electric netting as a visual for a couple of my naughty ewes, but it is BEHIND the 7 strand lekky fence I have. As yet, nothing has gone near, but if I take it away Naughty Jessie barges the strands and lets everyone out :-\