Help with new lamb please

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by MandyH, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    We bought a ewe a while back at auction and she gave birth last night!!!! I didn't even know she was pregnant because she is crazy and won't let me get anywhere near her. Needless to say I have a few questions concerning the lamb. She was born last night and is up and about and nursing, but has a little diarrhea. Is this normal at first or do I need to do something. Any other lamb tips would be greatly appreciated.
  2. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    I know nothing about lambs, but am willing to bet that it is normal, as most baby animals, including goats have runny stools when they are shiny and new.

    Post some pics!!
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I thought it kind of normal in ANY newborn, but then again I know that diarrhea isn't good in any baby animal.
  4. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    I know there is some sheep folks on here. Hopefully some of them will see this soon. You could pm Greyfields. I know he raises sheep.
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Thanks, I hope somebody comes along before I have a real problem.
  6. WrenAli

    WrenAli Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Lebanon, OR
    A little should be ok.. What color consistency is it? How much of the rump does it cover? Often young lambs get a little loose for the first few days when the ewe milks well.

    If you can catch the ewe, I know this can be fun with the crazy ones and strip her teats to make sure that both the waxy plugs are out and she is milking well.

    A wagging tail when nursing often means a happy lamb that is getting milk.

    The other thing is what breed is it? Wool or hair? If it is a wool lamb you will need to dock it's tail eventually.
  7. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I agree with Wren as most have such rich milk it will do this. The baby should be fine as my goats do this and as long as it dont smell bad and is yellow or golden it should be good. Its when it gets really offensive odor that you should worry ...She sounds like she will be fine .
  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Thank you both. It is a hair sheep and it is a golden color. I got a hold of Greyfields late last night and he was super nice enough to tell me that it is normal. I have all grown ewes and have not bred any of them yet because I didn't want to deal with losing a Mama or a baby. They are all just big fat pets. Like I stated in my origianl post, I didn't even know she was pregnant and I walked in the stall about the time the lamb hit the ground!! I freaked out for a second, then realized what it was and was elated. It is anohter little ewe and she is precious. I will try to get a pic, but I have dial up and its a hassle to post pics of anything!!! Thanks again for the responses, now if anybody could tell me what shots or anything she needs and when I would appreciate that too.
  9. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I'm sorry I missed this yesterday. It sounded like "caramel butt" to me, which is very normal in lambs/kids which are newborn. Just keep it clean with a paper towel and it will go away.
  10. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Thanks Greyfields!! Wiping that stuff off is like wiping tar off the highway LOL!! Does she need any shots? What do I need to go buy to give her as far as vaccinations etc...?

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