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  • Joined Dec 2011
Re: Why are ewes disowning lambs?
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2013, 09:45:11 pm »
It was luckylady, not ladygrey... ;)  (I just did a forum search for 'Bugsy', just in case you thought I was being stalkerish  :o )

Oops sorry ladygrey, I knew there was a 'lady' in it somewhere  ;D  - thanks smee  :thumbsup:
1 horse, 2 ponies, 4 dogs, 2 Kune Kunes, a variety of sheep


  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Basingstoke
Re: Why are ewes disowning lambs?
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2013, 09:47:57 pm »
Lol no worries  :thumbsup: :) although I was seriously starting to doubt my sanity...


  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Yorkshire
Re: Why are ewes disowning lambs?
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2013, 10:50:21 pm »
Ha ha, just caught up with this thread as I thought my ears were burning.  Yes it was me who adopted Bugsy aka Fat Lamb off you Remy.  He is still fighting fit, adorable as ever and happy in his life as a lawnmower (with his friend).  :trophy:  to you for pulling him through a tough start in life - my orchard is reaping the benefit  ;) .
Doing that swan thing - cool and calm on the surface but paddling like crazy beneath.

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Re: Why are ewes disowning lambs?
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2013, 11:30:26 am »
We find it's the first-timers who've got a bit tired that are sometimes slow to mother up.  We have homemade mothering-up boards that fit across a hurdle pen and have an adjustable slot for the ewe's head to stick through for hay and water - she can get up and down but not out.  It has a gap on each side so that the lambs can go in and out under her nose and suckle when they want.  If she's reluctant to stand for them we raise her at first - once she realises being suckled makes her udder feel more comfortable she generally settles down, the lambs smell of her milk and of each other and everything's generally OK by day 2.  If not she goes back in until she does accept both but we wouldn't breed from her again
I was thinking of making something similar - any chance you could post a picture? Sounds just the job.
Author of the Haynes Pig Manual, Haynes Smallholding Manual, and the Haynes Sheep Manual. Three times winner of the Tamworth Champion of Champions. Teaching smallholding courses at Kate Humble's farm:


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