How to raise a lamb
Hi this is Caroline! And this is my second post. This post is about how to raise a lamb. If you have a newborn lamb that is abandoned by it's mom, or is not properly cared for by it's mother, don't worry! It is simple. If you have a lamb that was born less than 48 hours ago, you need to get colostrum in them. They sell sheep colostrum at stores, but if you can milk it from the ewe, that is always the best choice. Once you have given the lamb the right amount of colostrum, you can start feeding it milk regularly. If your lucky, you might be able to find someone that sells sheep milk. It is best to buy the sheep milk, but if you can't find sheep milk, you can buy lamb milk replacer for the lamb. Calf milk replacer is NOT the same thing, so don't ever feed your lamb something that is not made specifically for them. You want to make sure the lamb always has a warm place to stay, so it can be safe as it grows. You can let it out, but make sure your watching it! As it grows, make sure the lamb has food and water. When weaning, you can crush the sheep pellets up and feed it that small amounts at a time (about a forth of a cup at a time). While doing this, you still want to continue bottle feeding, but try to decrease the amount of milk every day, slowly. We put Rosie (our shrop,oxford ewe) in a box, but if you have a place for it then don't put it in a box. Make sure that the lamb is always warm. If you stick your finger in it's mouth, it should never be cold. A sheep can get pregnant when it is one year old. Some people breed them when they are younger than a year but it is best to wait until the sheep is a year old and then it should have a healthy little lamb.
1/10/2013 08:41:43 am
Caroline, that is a great post! Very grown-up like. *smiles* Love you!
1/13/2013 04:02:47 am
Caroline, it seems that you have it planned well and are ready for the babies. Maybe Beady will have twins and Hallelujah will have triplets!
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