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SueAllen

  • Joined Apr 2009
Why do lambs shake their tails while feeding??
« on: April 30, 2009, 07:03:34 pm »
One of our holiday cottage guests who came to feed the lambs asked why they did this.  I have no idea and can't find anything on the internet.  Anyone know?  I could only find out that it 'gives signals to the ewe'  What signals?  "I'm having a lovely dinner thanks Mum"?  "Faster please"?  What?   :sheep:

HappyHippy

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Re: Why do lambs shake their tails while feeding??
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2009, 07:27:11 pm »
My granny always told me it was how they moved milk from one stomach to the others. Don't know if that was just to keep me quiet as a youngster though  ;)

shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Why do lambs shake their tails while feeding??
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2009, 08:26:32 pm »
I dont know but its very cute.

doganjo

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Re: Why do lambs shake their tails while feeding??
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 09:13:08 pm »
Dogs wag their tails when they are happy, maybe lambs are the same?
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ballingall

  • Joined Sep 2008
  • Avonbridge, Falkirk
Re: Why do lambs shake their tails while feeding??
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 11:25:04 pm »
Goat kids do it as well. We always put it down to happiness at getting their milk/food. I still have a milker who wags her tail when she gets her food.

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Fluffywelshsheep

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Near Stirling, Central Scotland
Re: Why do lambs shake their tails while feeding??
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2009, 04:47:18 pm »
i was alway told it was to help movement of milk , but only just occured to me why don't they do it when eating grass !!!

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shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Why do lambs shake their tails while feeding??
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2009, 07:00:10 pm »
have you ever eaten glass. have you noticed its about the time they are weaned that they become how to say it stupid.

 

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