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Discussion in 'Goats and Sheep' started by Ayla_noemi, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Feb 26, 2018
    Dani4Hedgies

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    :fl:pop waiting to hear and see pics of her with her "new" lamb :)
     
  2. Feb 26, 2018
    tortoise

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    Not to be too much of a downer, but I've had no luck grafting lambs. The ewes reject them forcefully - will trample and butt a bummer lamb and injure it. They won't accept their own lamb back after separation most times. You don't need to worry about taking lambs off mom unless you have triplets or quads. Mom can handle two just fine on her own.

    I have a love-hate relationship with bottle raising lambs. I love having a flock of tame ewes - started with bottle lambs. However, bottle raised rams are downright nasty and DANGEROUS. I have one of those. If his wool wasn't so nice and if I couldn't halter him, he'd be in the freezer years ago. My first year 4 out of 7 died. Second year, did great with 3 out of 3 surviving. 1 sold, 1 freezer, the other broke a leg and was put down. Third year, lost 1 to toxemia, lost another failure to thrive (was a premature lamb from a terminal C-section), and the other two bottle lambs died about 6 months old from worms, and they'd had fecal egg counts, and several rounds of wormer.

    I say I won't bottle feed lambs this year, but as soon as one as one is rejected... I'm smitten. :sigh: Last year was especially bad because I was having a miscarriage at the same time as the terminal C-sections and rejected lamb stuff was going down.

    I really need to cull one of my ewes. All my bottle lambs except one has been out of her or her progeny.
     
  3. Mar 1, 2018
    Beekissed

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    So....was wondering what's happening with your ewe? Did you try the grafting? Are you milking her instead? :pop
     
  4. Mar 1, 2018
    Dani4Hedgies

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  5. Mar 1, 2018
    Ayla_noemi

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    So this is my first attempt at grafting these two. This is how they were behaving immediately before I tried Vick’s which is all I had on hand. What do you all think about their interactions? Also this is the only available enclosed area I have at the moment and momma can be heard on the other side of the wall. Is this ok or should I vacate an enclosed area further away?
    So here are a few snap shots of a video I took where baby was responding to her own mother’s cries but kept approaching Onyx. Onyx would shoo her away or give her a light head but before I put Vick’s on them as instructed. Nothing mean seems more like a “get out of here kid” kind of gesture. Baby would run away but always come back. 058922DF-2318-4DD0-9FE4-AA0DBB3041A4.png 87B5AC56-BFA1-4DD1-A815-63ECF0EC030E.png 364375E7-08BA-4E1B-9C19-F116330E9EAD.png AF51B81C-B656-4D4E-AAFB-1C6B8B3F0D00.png 13CD7D5C-CA04-40AE-A6F4-AFC5BF6308AB.png
     
  6. Mar 1, 2018
    Ayla_noemi

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    These are a few pics after the Vick’s was added. Baby kept answering moms calls but seemed to be looking for Onyx to protect her from us. Now Onyx was just watching us and did not shoo baby or head but at all.
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  7. Mar 1, 2018
    Ayla_noemi

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    Here are some more snaps of baby and Onyx post Vick’s. It seems like it’s going ok to me. But baby resists our attempts to help her nurse. Maybe she’s just not hungry...?
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    Dani4Hedgies

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    come on little one latch on you can do it...
     
  9. Mar 1, 2018
    Ayla_noemi

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    Here are some more snaps of Onyx and her potential baby. Still looking good to me. What do you think?
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    Here are some more snaps of Onyx And her potential baby. No issues yet that I can see. I couldn’t figure out how to load a video, if that is even possible, which is what I wanted to show everyone in order to get some feed back on what they thought of their interaction. I figured next best thing was photo bursts in order to show their behavior as much as possible. I wanted to give them a few minutes to relax before I attempted to assist feed. I’m curious about everyone’s thoughts. I will continue to add updates. Everyone feel free to let me know if I am overwhelming you with updates and or pictures.
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