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Title: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 15, 2012, 08:04:44 am
Hello all,
well we have just had a week old baby lamb delivered (was going to be put down and was too cute for that  :-)) ) but now... how do we care for it???
Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated!
Thanx.  :)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: droverjess on July 15, 2012, 08:08:53 am
This should help you
http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/lifestyle-file/livestock-a-pets/sheep/item/142-hand-rearing-lambs.html

Just watch out though as sometimes one lamb on its own doesn't do so well. Two is better. They are flock animals.

Good luck and have fun.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: mcmich on July 15, 2012, 08:09:15 am
Oh my!! I've no idea. Maybe like a baby.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 15, 2012, 08:14:47 am
This should help you
http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/lifestyle-file/livestock-a-pets/sheep/item/142-hand-rearing-lambs.html

Just watch out though as sometimes one lamb on its own doesn't do so well. Two is better. They are flock animals.

Good luck and have fun.

Thank  you very much for that link DJ - a great help. Poor little thing was starving.  :( . It was a twin but the owners are not sure where the other one is... ??? Think it may have been stolen.  >:(  We are now hoping to get another one for company - and to stop the girls fighting over who's lamb it is...!!  ;)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: pumpkin pie on July 15, 2012, 08:35:33 am
astarra, our neiighbour used to raise orphan lambs. To help keep them warm she used to put small childrens knitted jumpers on them, there front legs going into the arms.  Was quite cute seeing these litte lambs in the garden with different coloured jumpers on. You can buy special powderd milk from fodder stores. Good luck. 
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 08:48:19 am
Yes you definitely need the special lamb milk for them other wise the scour and it can be hard to control once that starts. We keep weak lambs inside near the fire to keep them warm until they have the strength to cope out side. The powdered milk has all the info on it about how much to feed them and how often depending on their age.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: Halex on July 15, 2012, 09:00:09 am
Not a clue :)

But I am sure I could fit the lamb in bed & we woud all sleep well. :)
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Post by: cookie1 on July 15, 2012, 09:09:13 am
We had orphan lambs as kids. You will be amazed at how strongly they can pull on the teat of the bottle you feed them on.

We have a friend who gives her orphan lambs names like, Rosemary, Stewart and Roast. :D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 11:13:11 am
Lol. We usually have a few every year. We get them better then try to give them back to their mums or adopt them to another mother that has lost a lamb. They are very demanding and noisy when they want their bottle. I had one called Charlie last year and he was great. He followed us everywhere. I even took him to school one day (Mary had a little lamb lol) the kids loved him. :D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 11:16:02 am
Oh and if you buy lambs milk I would suggest you don't buy the one with molasses in it. We brought it and it's horrible stuff and our lambs kept killing over :(
I will never buy that stuff again. My mum had the same problem.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: achookwoman on July 15, 2012, 11:27:18 am
Keep it warm, probably inside by the fire.  Buy the special milk.  Have raised quite a few black lambs.  The kids always named them , we had  twins called Cid Vicious and Percy.  When we had just one lamb,  we would have to take it back to Melb.  With us.  It would sit between DH and I in the front of the car,  and the Dog would sit between the kids in the back.  We sure got some funny looks.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: Bubbles on July 15, 2012, 01:15:12 pm
Lol. We usually have a few every year. We get them better then try to give them back to their mums or adopt them to another mother that has lost a lamb. They are very demanding and noisy when they want their bottle. I had one called Charlie last year and he was great. He followed us everywhere. I even took him to school one day (Mary had a little lamb lol) the kids loved him. :D
Yes they have a good set of lungs on them when they are hungry (despite how weak they are, and no matter what time of day or night) hey dede?!
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: obbie on July 15, 2012, 09:31:02 pm
sounds fun.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 10:01:59 pm
Just like real babies :D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 10:06:54 pm
I once had a very sick little lamb (one of triplets and very very small) that I left inside in a box near the fire. I went somewhere for an hour or so and come home to a lamb missing from the box. After a search of the house I found it (and it's poo) in one of the bedrooms wandering around looking for a drink. :)
Just when you think they are going to die they come to life and become healthy lambs in no time. :)
Oh and just for the record we never eat any if our pet lambs :D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: mcmich on July 15, 2012, 10:13:18 pm
What do you do with all the lambs dede? what sort of life span does a sheep have?
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 10:37:48 pm
The female lambs become our breeding stock and the male lambs usually just live on the farm and die of old age eventually. Life expectancy of a sheep is 10-12 years (had to google that lol)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: mcmich on July 15, 2012, 11:00:17 pm
So about the same as a dog.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 15, 2012, 11:04:00 pm
Yep something like that :)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 16, 2012, 02:15:12 am
Go to your local produce store. They will have lots of advice and products for you.

We sell special lamb teats and bottles, lamb milk and then when weaning, lamb pellets.

Keep the little lamb warm.
Most farmers would put the lamb down, as financially it is not viable to hand rear a lamb. Same with calves.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 16, 2012, 02:33:52 am
Well we survived the night with our new boy lamb, he is so sweet  :)
Got him lamb formula and some teats that go on any old water/soft drink/whatever bottle, he loves it! (Thanx 4 the tip about not getting the molasses stuff, dede  :) ) He has the girls in fits of laughter about how fast he can wag his tail!  :D
Bottles, teats, formula....haven't done this for a while!  ;)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: mcmich on July 16, 2012, 02:39:16 am
Have you named him yet astarra? Would love to see a photo too.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 16, 2012, 02:49:55 am
Well done Astarra.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 16, 2012, 03:18:17 am
That's great Astarra , I'm glad he is doing well. I love when they prance and bounce about when they have full bellies. :)
I'm glad my advice helped. I don't know who makes that stuff with molasses in it but it's horrible stuff, it doesn't mix up very well and smells awful. I will never buy it again that's for sure.
You should have no problem with the lamb now. If he gets the scour (s**ts) bad let me know as I have an old recipe here for lambs somewhere that saved one of our lambs :)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: obbie on July 16, 2012, 03:58:22 am
the kids would love it..
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: Gertbysea on July 16, 2012, 06:01:46 am
I am guessing lamb will be off the menu in your place Astarra.

I am so glad he is doing well.

Gert
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 16, 2012, 06:18:13 am
I don't think I could eat this one... :P

Here is a pic of him - still unnamed as Miss 5 "hasn't had time to read the names books yet."
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: Gertbysea on July 16, 2012, 06:19:36 am
Oh he is so sweet. What a pity they grow up.

Gert
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: obbie on July 16, 2012, 06:21:05 am
so cute.. :D
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Post by: DizzyGirl on July 16, 2012, 06:22:33 am
Too cute....
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Post by: judydawn on July 16, 2012, 06:23:02 am
Gorgeous.  I hope DD realises that lambie will now think she is his mummy  ;D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 16, 2012, 06:23:49 am
He is cute...
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 16, 2012, 06:26:07 am
Gorgeous.  I hope DD realises that lambie will now think she is his mummy  ;D

She has just read this and thinks that is great!! ;D
Thanx for making her day, JD  ;)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: mcmich on July 16, 2012, 06:29:04 am
Thanx for posting the photos astarra. Everyone loves a baby.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 16, 2012, 06:52:45 am
Thanx for posting the photos astarra. Everyone loves a baby.

You're welcome - he really is sweet!  :-*  I'm so glad we saved him!  :)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: obbie on July 16, 2012, 06:55:48 am
My DH says you need special formula.

Denkavite is a milk powder for lambs and cows.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 16, 2012, 06:58:10 am
The powder I got is for lambs, kids and crias.  :)
(Am I the only one who didn't know a baby alpaca was called a cria?)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: faffa_70 on July 16, 2012, 06:59:25 am
The powder I got is for lambs, kids and crias.  :)
(Am I the only one who didn't know a baby alpaca was called a cria?)

Nope you are not ... See you learn someone new everyday :)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: obbie on July 16, 2012, 07:01:00 am
Nope, you learn alot on here.

I just rang my husband to ask... :D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: Halex on July 16, 2012, 07:01:34 am
So cute, I want a cuddle :)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 16, 2012, 07:04:58 am
Come and have a cuddle H - but you can't keep him!  ;)

Just got this off google: The baby alpaca is called a Cria, a female is called a Hembre, a male a Macho and a twelve month old Alpaca ia called a Tui.  :)

Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: droverjess on July 16, 2012, 07:08:51 am
Here is a picture of one of the 8 we hand reared this year. I do try to set on spare lambs to other ewes, but this year was not so good. Last year I had no pets at all. Usually we sell them as pets but had no takers this year.

We teach them to help themselves to adlib cold milk for minimum of  6 weeks as long as they eat enough creep.
Hay is important too, to make the rumen start to work properly.
All out at grass now, and will be treated as rest of lambs.
Some kept for breeding, some sold for meat.
Just one of the costs of having sheep.

(http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh621/Droverjess/aa2dc8b4.jpg)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: mcmich on July 16, 2012, 08:17:59 am
All these baby lamb photos are just so cute.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: cookie1 on July 16, 2012, 08:47:59 am
The lambs are really cute. Thanks for the photos.

I didn't know about a cria either.
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 17, 2012, 11:16:05 am
Awwww he is cute too DJ!  :)
Our little lamb is doing well. So affectionate too... :)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 17, 2012, 11:36:55 am
Miss 5 just came to me and said "can you put on the computer that the lamb's name is Leo." I said "where on the computer...?" She said "on forum thermomix of course, where else do you go on there?"  :-))  :D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: judydawn on July 17, 2012, 11:39:14 am
Leo the lamb - tell DD it's a nice name and it's good to hear she knows all about this forum at the ripe old age of 5  :D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: Amy :-) on July 17, 2012, 11:43:23 am
Miss 5 just came to me and said "can you put on the computer that the lamb's name is Leo." I said "where on the computer...?" She said "on forum thermomix of course, where else do you go on there?"  :-))  :D

LOL :D

Leo the lamb is gorgeous Astarra, it was really nice of you to give him such a loving home :-*
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: mcmich on July 17, 2012, 12:10:02 pm
Love the name Leo.
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Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 12:30:34 pm
:D how cute, both Leo and little miss 5
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: Queen Be on July 17, 2012, 12:57:35 pm
Oh Leo is utterly adorable! Surely I'm not the only one who desperately wants a lamb now? My misses 3 & 5 would certainly love it and I think DP would be just as besotted  ;D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 09:29:48 pm
If you live somewhere without close neighbors then a pet lamb is perfect. But like me with close neighbors I don't think it's ideal, I was constantly worried about the noise they make, and I'm sure my neighbors were relieved when the lamb finally went back to the farm lol :D
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: obbie on July 17, 2012, 09:36:44 pm
Hello Leo the lamb... :D  He is so cute, makes me want to cuddle him...
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: droverjess on July 17, 2012, 09:42:13 pm
Trouble is they don't stay cute......
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: teagg on July 17, 2012, 11:20:00 pm
We too had orphan lambs to hand rear as children.  If your lamb is male then have him 'fixed' otherwise he will turn into an aggressive territorial sh*t and headbutt (to the floor) anyone.
We called our one Lucifer - the ewes however were lovely (Lucy and Lucille)....

HTH!
G
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: astarra on July 17, 2012, 11:50:13 pm
Thank you all for the kind comments, Leo lamb sure is a cutey...he is getting a tail ring and the other thing too this weekend...don't think I'll be able to watch!!  :)
We have only a deaf old lady neighbour one side, a paddock (with sheep in it) behind, and a young family on the other side, none seem to mind him bleating thankfully, tho he doesn't make as much noise as a paddock of sheep!!  :)
Title: Re: Lambs - alive
Post by: dede on July 17, 2012, 11:59:15 pm
Lol. Well that's good then. We have 7 neighbors surrounding us on all sides as we have an internal block. And some are not very tolerant of noise, but they don't mind their dogs barking constantly all day :(
At least a lamb is only for a few weeks until they are big enough to go back to the farm. Bloody dogs are there for years.
We have dogs but if they bark I will tell them off. Other people have dogs and don't stop them barking so they keep doing it :(