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  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Somerset
Youngest lamb not drinking water.
« on: April 20, 2014, 09:28:16 pm »
I have three orphan lambs ages 5 weeks, 8 weeks and 10 weeks. They are all eating creep and grass  and have access to water at all times. The two older ones are drinking a fair amount of water but the youngest won't touch it. I would like to wean him in a week or two but presumably I can't if he is not drinking water from a trough.

Is there anything that I can do to encourage him or do I just wait for him to work it out for himself?


  • Joined Jul 2008
Re: Youngest lamb not drinking water.
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 06:26:53 pm »
Can't help with an answer but wanted to say .  Really enjoyed the other afternoon, still lambing... :thumbsup:


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Youngest lamb not drinking water.
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2014, 02:46:43 am »
It's probably a chicken and egg thing.  While he is getting what he needs from milk he is getting enough fluid.  When you start to cut his milk down he'll get thirsty. ;)

Another factor could be whether he is eating cake.  Cake would normally make them thirsty too - and he needs to be eating a fair amount of cake (at least 1/2lb per day) before you wean him.

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  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Somerset
Re: Youngest lamb not drinking water.
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2014, 02:21:50 pm »
Yes, I've been wondering about the cake. He does eat it, but I'm not sure how much. They are eating two to three pounds a day between the three of them, but it might be that the bigger ones are eating most of it. I suppose I could lean over the stable door all day to watch them, but then I wouldn't get anything else done! :innocent:


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