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Timmy T

  • Joined Feb 2021
Weaning my bottle fed pet lambs - When and How?
« on: April 08, 2021, 02:31:32 pm »
Bridget and Joan(s) are now approaching 8 weeks old. They appear healthy, have put on weight continuously, and are very friendly. They’re on 3 x 350ml milk a day, along with a 50/50 creep & coarse mix and hay. They are regularly out in the stable yard and have started to wander into the horse paddock to graze, but they come in to their shelter overnight. Everything seems peachy and they are bonny little things!

So, when and how do we move onto the next phase of weaning? 🤷‍♂️

As always, all top tips gratefully received 😁

TVM, Tim

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Weaning my bottle fed pet lambs - When and How?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2021, 03:16:02 pm »
Anytime from now is a good time. Cut out the middle feed, then a few days later cut one of the other feeds out, then cut out completely. My lambs are 5-6 weeks and going cold turkey tomorrow, little do they know  :roflanim:  but as long as they are eating creep, they'll drink water when they get thirsty. Try not to change anything else whilst weaning or it can upset them. By the end of weaning they should be on ad lib creep taking a fair amount per day, eating hay and drinking water.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Weaning my bottle fed pet lambs - When and How?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2021, 06:00:14 pm »
Nothing to add to twizzel's advice, just wanted to say Well done, all sounds great.   :thumbsup:
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

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Weaning my bottle fed pet lambs - When and How?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2021, 06:26:58 pm »
Check how much milk powder you have - you don't want to have to go and buy another bag, so reduce according to that. Also no point leaving any powder till next year, it will be off by then. So if you still have lots, take it slower.

Timmy T

  • Joined Feb 2021
Re: Weaning my bottle fed pet lambs - When and How?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2021, 08:51:22 pm »
Starting this weekend, wish me luck! I’m a sucker fora bleating lamb!!

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Weaning my bottle fed pet lambs - When and How?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2021, 08:58:11 pm »
 :roflanim:  Ignore them! Easier said than done. I tend to move mine to a new pen without the milk feeder, bucket of hay, water and creep and go out for the day  :roflanim: to be fair mine went cold turkey this year after ad lib milk, they were a bit shouty for a day and then settled very quickly. Just make sure they are drinking water, eating creep and they’ll be fine.

 

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