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How to Save an Orphan Lamb

An Orphan Lamb Can Be Saved

There are many reasons an Ewe might reject her newly born lamb. An Orphan lamb, in my experience, results from the separation of the ewe and her lamb before she has had an opportunity to apply her sent.

I’ve seen this several times over the years. The first time we experienced this, we were not well prepared for it. The mother had twins and the first born was very healthy and vigorous. He walked away shortly after the second, weaker lamb was born. The mother, following her instincts, trailed the first born and left the younger lamb on its own. Sadly, that girl didn’t make it.

Since that tragedy, we have learned to take steps to be better prepared for the birthing of our lambs. See the link the post below for some of the precautions we take now.

This year, we had another mother deliver twins. Fortunately, we had her securely in a stall. Unfortunately, the second born lamb was so tiny, he managed to find his way through the fence panel of the stall. He was only separated for an hour, but he had gone through before mom had finished cleaning him.

When we tried to re-introduce him to her she pushed him away.

When this happens you have to make a difficult decision. The difficulty arises from the time commitment required to keep an orphan lamb alive. They need to be fed every 2-hours for the first several days. This is around the clock and will run you ragged if you don’t have help.

We use a bucket system now. This bucket allows us to leave the lamb unattended for periods of time and is a must-have if you are breeding animals.

The orphan lamb also needs a safe and secure place to live for the first week or two. When they are so young they need extra protection from the elements. We have this little boy in an open top kennel lined with straw in my daughter’s bedroom. You can see in how well the bucket works, so everyone gets plenty of sleep. Even the orphan lamb.

Preparing for Lambing, Lambing at the Ten Mile Farm Katahdin sheep are excellent at lambing and normally need very little direct assistance. There are still a few things that we can do that will make the experience more pleasant for them and lead to healthier lambs. The main thing we want to do is ensure …

Spring Lambs

Golda Delivers Spring Lambs

The first of our Spring Lambs were born this morning. Golda, our oldest and most reliable Ewe, delivered another set of twins. Introducing one boy and one girl to the Ten Mile Farm.

These two have a rough road ahead, but we are hopeful they will make it. Golda has always been a reliable mother and she has produced twins every year since we got her.

We have never had an issue with Golda, but that hasn’t been the case with all of our Ewes. One time, when we were new at this, we had an abandoned lamb. None of the Ewes would claim it has their own. And therefore, none of them would allow the little fellow to eat. S

When this happened we had to be bottle feed for a few days and then transition the lamb to a nipple feeder. The first 72 hrs are critical. They will need a warm bottle every couple of hours around the clock if they’re going to survive. Once they are in the clear and showing strength, we can transition them to the feeder.

Lamb Bucket

This feeder will hang from the roof above their stall and provide them with nutrition as we transition them to solids. We’ve only had to do this once and it was a learning experience for all. The little Lambs are very fragile at this stage, especially the smaller ones. With proper management and good Ewes we shouldn’t need this bucket again, but it is comforting to know we have it available.

Here are some more posts about lambs for your enjoyment

Calling the Lambs Calling the Lambs It is always easier to have animals that will come to you when you call them. Have you ever seen a neighbor chasing their dog? I have. Well, trying to catch sheep is even tougher than trying to catch a dog. Dogs and sheep are both trainable, though. …

First Bloom at Ten Mile Farm and Market First Bloom Finally the snow – and any credible threat of its return – is gone. I was out walking the property today when I saw a few bright yellow daffodils popping their heads up showing the first bloom of spring on the farm. So nice to see come color. [gallery columns=”2″ …

Katahdin Photo Shoot Katahdin Photo Shoot   I took these pictures May 1st, 2015 shortly after I received a call from a man who wants to purchase all of my adult Katahdin Ewes. I was planning on replenishing the herd with new Ewes this coming Fall so this is a blessing. These first pictures are …

Lamb Update Lamb Update I took a break from prepping the garden yesterday to take some pictures of the Lambs. They have adapted quite well to being away from their mothers. I tried to get a picture of the Ram with all of his offspring, but they were a bit scattered. Here’s what …

Pasture Raised Lamb Pasture Raised Lamb Imagine being confined in a small, malodorous and dank space with just enough room  to stretch your legs. You feel hungry, but there is no sign of food. Then suddenly the door opens and in comes a person carrying buckets of something. He comes forward and tips over …