Have you got any other lambing ewes that you could grab borrow some colostrum off? My MIL has a concoction that she swears by that involves powdered milk, caster oil, glucose and an egg (from memory) but I've not had much luck with it. Hope your lamby hangs in xxx
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01-08-2014 10:06 #11Senior Member
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01-08-2014 10:20 #12
I've no ewes at all, this is a neighbours lamb.
I am possibly going to be getting another orphan soon (I've put the word out, as my boys want to take lambs to calf club/ag day this year.
I really should go around a few farmers and get some colostrum off them, in case I need it.
I'm adding oil and egg white to the milk for this one, it seems to be helping with clearing her bowels, but nothing can replace those antibodies in colostrum, hey?
01-08-2014 10:40 #13
OMG reminds me sooo much of my childhood.
I grew up on a farm, and we always had pet lambs. so cute.
We only ever gave them sunshine milk.
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01-08-2014 10:46 #14
Yep me too. We had a friend with a flock of black sheep, and we reared all her orphans, amazing how much you forget though lol and I'd forgotten how cute their wee 'bleats' are
03-08-2014 16:28 #15
Little lammie is sick dammit. She's really lethargic and breathing is laboured, I'm wondering if she might have pneumonia.
We got a second lamb today, same age, and he is racing around the house like a mad thing, bleating and demanding food pretty much constantly. Gonna be a long night!!
03-08-2014 21:25 #16
03-08-2014 21:29 #17
Try a steam room or vaporiser. If it is pneumonia it'll help her breathe. Hard pats where her lungs are will also help move any muck that may be in her chest if it is pneumonia.
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04-08-2014 00:01 #18
She actually seems a little better. I was given a load of cows colostrum, so started feeding that. She stoppped pooing, which was weird, as it is a laxative. However I had been putting oil in her milk. So,started putting the oil back in her milk, and she pooed, and seems a bit better... omg so stressful.
She was lying on her side kinda panting, and I thought there'd be a dead lamb this morning for sure.
04-08-2014 06:55 #19
Poor bubba. Ive never handreared a lamb before but i know with kittens (huuge difference i know) when we handrear them we have to watch for pneumonia cause the position of the bottle or the flow from the bottle can force the liquid into the wrong area
The patting and steam helps us and alot of antibiotics. If you have a stethoscope or even just put your ear to each side of her chest you may hear a rattly sound which will tell you if there is fluid on the chest.
Another thing i would try is find out if there is a glucose syrup or additive you can use. In the first few days i know they need a higher level of glucose within their milk and sometimes the formula just doesnt have enough.
ETA: just some ideas that may help. hope lil girl gets better
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04-08-2014 07:42 #20Senior Member
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No need for 3 hourly feeds if you don't want to. I feed mine twice a day (the first day they get 4 feeds) and don't even bother warming the milk. I have had more success since switching to less feeds than I did before.
If you have any dairy farms near you they will often be able to sell you some colostrum, after 48 hours of age they won't absorb it but it's good for the real littlies. Hope she's improving for you.
Eta: just read properly and realised you got some colostrum.
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