Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lamb By The Fire


One lamb hasn't fared so well in the weather last night and I don't hold out much hope.

Got him by the fire warming. My youngest thinks this is incredible and we're struggling to get him to leave the lambs side.


I'm annoyed at myself as I noticed him being a bit doppy last night but when I lifted him and saw he had a full belly I just assumed he was kind of "milk drunk" as he was lay next to his mum and still walking around when I put him back. Noticed this morning the ewe was over the other side of the field while he was still lay where he was at 3 this morning when I did my checks. The constant wet weather has made him go down hill fast. 

Fingers crossed a bit of a warm by the fire might help him. He hasn't got his head back so that's a positive.




*lamb update*
I'm afraid the lamb hasn't made it.
When I brought him in the house I knew his chances were slim. You develop a sixth sense of when something is going to survive or not but you always try no matter how rubbish the odds.

I could hear that rattle on his chest, the tell tale sign of pneumonia. I gave him the right antibiotics and plenty of warmth and comfort but unfortunately I just didn't catch it soon enough.
Now I have to make sure the ewe doesn't get mastitis, as sometimes twin lambs have a side they drink from so the other lamb will only be pulling from the one.
Never sure how much I should share on the blog. But it seems right to share the lows as well as the highs, to save looking at it through rose tinted glasses.
It does leave you feeling shitty no matter how often you deal with these types of things.

I can remember spending hours in the lamb shed trying to get sickly ones to drink or pull through when I was a child.

13 comments:

  1. Poor wee thing - hope he/she pulls through.

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    1. Unfortunately not, it's a shame but I tried all I could.

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  2. Kev, Hope all has worked out for the best. Have you heard of giving a few drops of Brandy? Sometimes perks them up just enough to pull through.

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    1. That's not something I've ever tried to be honest. I'm not a big drinker so I'd struggle to find some! Good tip though!

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  3. Oh I hope the warmth pulls him through, I think we could all do with seeing the sunshine. It's due to appear next week apparently!

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    1. The warmth didn't work unfortunately, I just got to him too late.

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  4. looking at a facebook group I am in (Ladies and Livestock - what a great group!) you are doing very well if you have just the one casualty. The wet and the cold and the flooded fields have been disastrous for farmers (both with livestock or crops).

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    1. I wish it was the only one but not unfortunately. The weather is terrible this year. I could really do with a barn!

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  5. Glad you could give the lamb a warm place to live out his short life. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. No problem, thanks for your comment.

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  6. Oh, darn. So sorry, Kev. Nope, none of us ever feels good about losing an animal be it goat or chicken or lamb. As you say though, sometimes you just know that no matter what you do, even all the "right" things, the outcome isn't going to be what you'd like.

    Your children are learning life's lessons from an early age on. To experience these things in their own safe, secure home with parents who are there to lovingly guide them through it all is wonderful.

    I admire any blogger who shares the ups AND downs of life.

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    1. We haven;t done what all our friends have this school holiday, there's not been many days out or anything like that but they've still seen and done loads! Just very different things to what most get up to.
      Thanks for your comment

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