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DartmoorLiz

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • Devon
two ewes four lambs
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:27:43 am »
Two ewes, four lambs.  All born yesterday.  I didn't see any born and the mothers don't seem to know whos is whos.  The lambs all seem to be getting a drink.  I'm certain I've seen two lambs drinking from both mothers.  It seems that one ewe is dominant and chasing the other off and keeping whatever three lambs she happens to have at foot at the time. 


What should I do?
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Jukes Mum

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • North Yorkshire
Re: two ewes four lambs
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2016, 10:37:24 am »
Can you pen them up, each ewe with two lambs?
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harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: two ewes four lambs
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2016, 10:37:48 am »
Pen them up, give them two each and let them mother up.

landroverroy

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: two ewes four lambs
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2016, 10:39:18 am »
 It doesn't really matter which lambs belong to which mother as long as they're all getting fed. Which you say they are.
 So you can either pen each ewe separately with 2 lambs and see how they get on and let them out as soon as everyone's happy.
 Or you can just leave them as they are, and just keep checking that all the lambs are getting their fair share of milk. Lambs are extremely persistent, so as long as you're sure that they've all worked out where the milk comes from, I'd be inclined to leave them to it.
 I once had 2 ewes that shared 3 lambs in this way and it worked very well. 
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GrannyAching

  • Joined Apr 2015
  • Pembrokeshire
Re: two ewes four lambs
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2016, 12:22:16 pm »
^^^^^
All I'd add is that they need to be separated so that the dominant ewe doesn't affect the other one's milk production by bullying lambs from her.

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: two ewes four lambs
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2016, 12:57:49 pm »
Have been here many times ,  separate and move the lambs around to see who will accept who  , the dominant ewe might take any but the other ewe might be difficult , you should tell quickly as they will bash the lamb they don't like

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: two ewes four lambs
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2016, 01:08:59 pm »
^^^^^
All I'd add is that they need to be separated so that the dominant ewe doesn't affect the other one's milk production by bullying lambs from her.


If at all possible pen them where they can't hear or see each other.

I would definitely separate them, to save problems further down the line, by which time it will be more difficult to sort.
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: two ewes four lambs
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2016, 02:45:43 pm »
Definitely incarcerate them separately and keep a watchful eye.  Sometimes a ewe loves all the lambs when her hormones are raging, but as they subside, she remembers which is her lamb and which isn't, and starts to reject the interloper(s).
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Hellybee

  • Joined Feb 2010
    • www.blaengwawrponies.co.uk
Re: two ewes four lambs
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2016, 06:00:33 pm »
I had this situation on my shift night before last.  Typical both brown faced ewes so very similar marked lambs, just stood and watched for a while, looked for chattering pushin, licking, housed and happy within five mins, phew.  Defo split the ewes we would x

DartmoorLiz

  • Joined Jan 2012
  • Devon
Re: two ewes four lambs
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2016, 11:57:06 am »
Great news! They sorted themselves out. :excited: :relief:    :fc: .  I was keeping an eye on them all all day and by the end of the day we had a firm 2 lambs with each ewe.


Thank you all so much for your advice,  its all good for next time. 
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