So we recently took back Sarge and Timmy, lambs from our last lambing season. Their owner had never gotten up good fencing for them. They have not been shorn, and it seems like they have not had their hooves trimmed, been wormed, or had their shots. They also seem to like the mineral salts a lot. We will get them tuned up and then see if we can find a better home for them.
It is a hard decision taking back animals we have sold. Sometimes we have chosen to take them back, sometimes we haven’t. It depends on our circumstances and the circumstances of the animals involved. We do support New Moon Rescue as well. I am not sure if that can assuage our guilt, but it might help.
So today we had a new lamb. Dete, our Cotswold ewe, lambed this afternoon. Her labor seemed perfectly normal until she started pushing and not making much progress. So after 15 minutes I pulled the lamb out. It was quite depressed and meconium stained. She did breath and have a heart rate, although somewhat slow. So she did not need CPR but we dried, stimulated and suctioned her. She was blue, but I do not have oxygen in the barn to give her. She never became vigorous, but her heart rate and color improved, and she started lifting her head. She would not stand, but I tried to get her to nurse laying down. After one hour she had only taken a small amount. I had also given her Nutridrench. But not it was time to get serious about the colostrum. So we milked 1 cup of colostrum from her mother, which was a complete battle. We tried to bottle feed it, but she took very little. So we tube fed her. She still seems weak, and I am not sure she is going to make it. It is sad because she is such a gorgeous little Easter lamb. Wish us luck with this little one.