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How Do You UNTAME A Lamb?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by kuntrygirl, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Doesn't seem like a problem huh? Well, it is. I have a lamb that I have been bottle feeding since birth. He is 2 months old and I have tried to wean him away from the bottle. All he does is cry to follow me. I can't go outside because he will jump out of the sheep pen and want to follow me everywhere. He does "ok" when he is with the rest of the herd until he sees me or hears my voice. He knocked and cried at the back door all weekend to come in or for me to go out. He would prefer to follow me than to run off and play with the other lambs.

    Has anyone had this problem before? If is possible for me to UNTAME him so that he won't want to follow me around anymore. This is getting to be ridiculous. I love that my little ram likes to follow me but this has to stop. He cries ALL DAY EVERY DAY. :hit When he sees me the crying stops immediately!!! :/
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Songster

    Mar 1, 2011
    I had a goat kid that acted the same way. She too was bottlefed. I think that was her whole problem - that she thought of me as her momma. As soon as she saw me she would cry the entire time I was outside. She ended up being so stressed from the fact that I wasn't with her all the time that she stopped eating and the parasites multiplied like crazy so she needed to be dewormed more than all the others. She became a high maintenance goat and never gained weight well. She is an adult now and still bleats at me but hangs with the herd more now. He might eventually grow out of it but I don't think you can untame him. When you're not around he is acting as a weaned lamb would. I told myself I would never bottlefeed another baby goat again for this reason, unless I had to, and sell off the ones that had to be.
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  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana

    This is exactly where I was going with this. I wondered about this exact same thing. I can see that he is not gaining the weight that he should. He is always crying when he hears my truck drive up and even more when he sees me . I'm so afraid that because he is so attached, he will stop eating and will die. I know it sounds crazy but I think this is where it's going to end. I hope that I have to NEVER bottle feed AGAIN. This is scary.

    Thank you for this information. You have answered my question perfectly!!!!! :thumbsup

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