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  • Joined Apr 2009
  • aberdeenshire
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:01:11 pm »
A gimmer gave birth to trips, one dead. She has been on and off letting the remaining 2 feed and was getting back on the case until today when we let them out in the orchard and she doesn't want to know. So have penned them up in the orchard, given them some bottles hoping nature will take it's course however reading some of the threads I am not too hopeful. One of the lambs is tiny! Am worried as we r both back to work on Monday  and full time bottle feeding is not an option :-\


  • Joined Sep 2010
  • uk
  • Says it as it is. don't like it don't look
Re: Rejection
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014, 10:06:34 pm »
1st class post to Devon, we will take good care of them, can't some one close by have them

Oh and work since when does work and animals go together ??????????


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Rejection
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2014, 02:02:42 am »
If they're with their mother and you can feed them before work, when you get home and when you go to bed, they'll be fine.

If you end up having to take them off the mother, they'll manage on three bottle feeds a day from a week old.  4 would be better, but they'll manage on 3.   Or you could rig up an ad-lib system.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing


  • Joined Apr 2009
  • aberdeenshire
Re: Rejection
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2014, 08:55:58 am »
Thanks Sally.
We will persevere with mum, and turn her over again, they are a week old on Monday so we may go ad lib then.


  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: Rejection
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2014, 10:00:00 am »
Have faith we have one rookie Vicky who hated her lamb initially, so we kept her back and would hold her against the side of the pen several times a day (plus bub had a little top up), she just decided by day 5 that she liked him :)   lambing just spins them out sometimes. 

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Rejection
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2014, 12:04:06 pm »
Do you have an adopter?   We've built ones that keep the ewe in place but permit the lambs to go round the side and under her nose so she gets used to them.  Once she tumbles to the fact that the lambs suckling relieves the discomfort of a full udder she'll probably come around.


  • Joined Apr 2009
  • aberdeenshire
Re: Rejection
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2014, 07:02:31 pm »
Hi marches, just borrowed one today and she is in it, not too happy but will hopefully do the trick. Thing is we have another problem. One little lamb has blown up like a balloon. Could be wind and some crofting friends have helped out with advice, so have tubed him, nothing in tummy, tried gripe water but still like a little balloon. Constipated maybe? He is sleeping at the moment but any ideas? He looks like he could pop. ???


  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Scottish Borders
    • Facebook
Re: Rejection
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2014, 08:31:11 pm »
Has that happened since you put them in the adopter?  Could he just have made a complete piglet of himself now he has been allowed to feed?


  • Joined Apr 2009
  • aberdeenshire
Re: Rejection
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2014, 09:37:18 pm »
Hi, no seems like it's bloat.
We lost him.
Always learning.


  • Joined Apr 2009
  • aberdeenshire
Re: Rejection
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2014, 12:51:27 pm »
The adopter didn't,t work with the remaining lamb, after 3 days or so. She is not pushing lamb out of the way but refuses to let it suck. No signs of soreness on teats, ideas anyone. :idea:


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