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  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: Stupid lambing questions
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2021, 07:53:58 pm »
Gosh I feel enough pressure with just the OH watching, let alone a load of kids  :D

I have another oneÖ

If you assist a ewe with a lamb, do you have her stood up or laid down. The ones Iíve had to help tend to still have been stood up but should I put her on her side??


  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Stupid lambing questions
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2021, 08:13:15 pm »
In most cases you put the sheep down her side to stop her walking / running away  but if the lamb only needs a little pull then she can remain standing , some times in a very difficult lambing then holding her back legs in the air allows gravity to help and puts less preasure on your hand  / wrist


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Stupid lambing questions
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2021, 10:36:11 pm »
I normally lie them on their side, then can keep them lying still with my knee on their shoulder, leaving both hands free. Easy tip is to stand them against a wall and pull the furthest back leg underneath the ewe towards you, she will lie on her side then with a bit of adjusting.


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Stupid lambing questions
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2021, 11:41:27 pm »
I always try first with the ewe stood up if possible.  I wouldn't lie her down if she's happy stood.  Of course if you are on your own in a field and she's looking like she might run off unless you secure her, you may not have the luxury.
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  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: Stupid lambing questions
« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2021, 09:21:29 am »
Thank you! Anything Iíve helped is usually stood as I have an assistant but got me thinking about how on telly etc they are often on their sides.

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  • Joined Aug 2017
Re: Stupid lambing questions
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2021, 10:25:41 pm »
I donít scan so I especially look out for bags after one lamb has been born - would it be safe to say a bag (of any colour maybe!) means thereís still a lamb to come?

I'm late to this, but I don't think this one has been answered: no, I've had a bag come out after a single (& we hadn't scanned that year, so I expected a twin but there wasn't one).

Thanks for asking all these questions, it's really great because it prompts everyone to share their experiences, and I think we all benefit.  :)


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