Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Surprise, Surprise. Baaaaa! Continues

Well I came across an ad on Craigslist for a 1 week old female lamb for $25, and couldn't resist. I ran it by my parents, and they gave me the OK to contact the seller, to find out what breed she was. Within minutes we got a phone call from the seller to let us know she was still available, and that yes she is a woolie (I don't want hair sheep). I asked what breed? "Oh, her father is a Suffolk, her mother is a white face." There are a lot of white face breeds.... I told her we are already feeding a couple of lambs, and I handed the phone over to my Mom to arrange pick up. It turned out that she had several other people contact her, but didn't know anything about bottle feeding lambs, so she turned them down. But when I told her we were bottle feeding before I handed the phone over, she then told my Mom she had another one we could have free! It was born that morning, was a twin, and got separated from its Mother. She tried to give it back to its Mom, but she didn't want it anymore. AND SHE DOESN'T LIKE BOTTLE FEEDING. 

So we zipped on over and picked them up. She was very nice, and showed us their Mothers. I asked her what breed are her white face sheep (Hey it was worth a try.), but she didn't know. She said they are crosses of some sort. She handed me the tiny little newborn lamb. I checked the sex. Boy. I was surprised he had dents in his head like the girls. I asked if he would get horns, just to make sure, she said "No, oh its a boy. I didn't even check." I think its so funny, because every time one of our animals delivers a baby, that's the first thing we check. She did make sure that they got colostrum, so that's good, and said she would keep our phone number in case she ends up with anymore.

So here are the little darlings.


We haven't settled on a name for him yet.

I had a real hard time trying to get pictures, because they want to look right at the lens, and then the camera's battery died.

"Does that thing have any milk?"


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Entropion/turn-in eyelid in lambs

When I was reading in Raising Sheep The Modern Way last night I came across the problem with the lambs eyes. It's caused by their eyelids being curled inwards causing their lashes and hair to rub the eyeball. In her   case its her bottom lids. Natasha Marie recognized this just from the picture I posted.

I have to say the forms of treatment did not sound very good. Stitching the eyelid to the cheek to hold it down, cutting the eyelid to make it open properly, holding the lids open with tape (I don't know how that works) and there was something in the book about injecting medication under the lid to form a bubble to hold it open till it heals. But I didn't quite understand it. I was tired, and it was late. So I put the book down. So this morning I did a google search, and this video is the first thing to pop up.


After my Mom and I watched it a couple of times, we decided to give it a try. I held, while my Mom injected. We already had the necessities. The first eye went pretty smoothly except for having to make a needle change after the first one clogged, and then blew off spraying penicillin everywhere. So we got it full of 1 ml. and it looked great. Then for the second eye. For some reason she could only get a tiny bit of penicillin in it. At first she thought the needle was clogged, but it wasn't. She eventually tried a larger needle, and it still wouldn't fill the lid. For some reason she just flat out could not get it to fill the lid, like there was no where for it to go. But she got a little in it, and it was staying open properly. So we decided that between the little bit we got in her and the number of times she got jabbed would hopefully keep it swollen long enough for the eye to heal, and she got penicillin in all those jabs. Hopefully all will be well, and she took it like a champ. Oh ya, we also put more mastitis medication in her eyes. This stuff comes sterilized in a syringe , and is the same ointment they sell for eye infections, but much cheaper.

Then it was time to dock both girls tails. We already knew to band them with the elastrator, we just didn't know exactly the right spot. When the video for the eye problem finished it popped up with their other video for tail docking. I love the internet! I can't get it to embed the docking video, but here is the link

And we finally settled on names. Myrtle, and Magnolia (Maggie for short).


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Surprise, Surprise. Baaaaa!

I was out back with the goats, when my Mom came home from the feed store. When I walked up to the house, she had been unloading hay out of the back of her SUV, and she was talking to an older gentleman that was parked behind her. I was rather confused. I didn't know who he was. I assumed a neighbor from down the road. They were talking about measurements. Then he said "Well here you go." and opened up a cage he had covered in the back of his truck, and takes out two lambs and hands one to each of us. Then he gave my Mom a container of lamb milk replacer. That explained the measurements.

So as it turns out when my Mom went to the feed store, and this man came in looking to find a home for these lambs that his sheep rejected. He normally takes care of them, but he is going away for the holidays with his wife, and they don't have anyone to take on the responsibility of bottle feeding. I guess he has given lambs to one of the women at the feed store before, but today she wasn't interested. When my Mom saw them she couldn't resist. He told her he had a bag of milk replacer at his house, and he would pick it up, and then drop them off. No sooner did my Mom get home, and begin unloading the hay when he drove up. Turns out he went back into the feed store, and bought a container of the milk replacer instead of driving back to his house. So not only did he give her two free lambs, but he bought her a container of milk replacer too!

So I dug out the book Raising Sheep the Modern Way. I guess that will be my reading material for a while. And get this. The reason we had a sheep book before sheep. My Mom found it free at our local thrift store along with a llama book. Hmmmmm whats next, hehe.

I asked the guy what breed they are. He said there mixed. But I still wonder what they are mixes of. All I know is that they are wool sheep, not hair sheep, and they are three days old. My Mom said he told her there a male and female. I guess he didn't take a very good gander, they are both girls!

So here are the little darlings who don't have names yet.

The blackfaced one has yucky eyes. I put some medicine in them. Hopefully they will clear up fast.