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Brewster

  • Joined Sep 2020
Weak twin lamb 48 hours old
« on: April 13, 2023, 12:09:24 pm »
I went to inspect a Pedigree Balwen (mountain sheep) ewe and her twins this morning, nearly 48 hours after she gave birth. I have them penned in a shelter. Initially I thought they were all doing well, his stomach was full and ewe has loads of milk,  but this morning the ram lamb was very weak and listless, lying on the floor with his head angled back. He can stand for about 20 seconds and then he falls. Ive fed him Volostrum but he didnt take much. I tried to latch him onto the ewe but not interested. I dont hold out too much hope but any suggestions welcome? Im going to retry the volostrum again shortly.

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Weak twin lamb 48 hours old
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2023, 12:44:02 pm »
Sounds like he has got cold? If so you need to warm him up before you feed him. Once warm, stomach tube him - milk powder will suffice now or colostrum if thatís all you have, or milk the ewe off and tube him.

Brewster

  • Joined Sep 2020
Re: Weak twin lamb 48 hours old
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2023, 09:21:59 am »
Thanks for the reply Twizzle, I tried the former two but I couldn't save him. First newborn Ive lost and its not a good feeling

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
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Re: Weak twin lamb 48 hours old
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2023, 10:28:03 am »
Thanks for the reply Twizzle, I tried the former two but I couldn't save him. First newborn Ive lost and its not a good feeling

 :hug:

It's not, no, but don't dwell on it.  They don't all make it, no matter how hard we try.  Focus on all the lambs and ewes still alive and doing well.   :hug:
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