End to a tough week.
May 4, 2013 by moonstruckfarm
Bianca with two day old “Micro-lamb”
We had our last Icelandic lamb this week, but he was born extremely small to a new, inexperienced mother in the middle of the night. I was up from 1 am till almost three trying to make sure he got some milk. Bianca, his mother, didn’t want to stand still and “micro-lamb” was not too energetic an eater. I finally milked her into a syringe and fed him with that to get his energy up and by the time I got home from work – at noon, they were doing okay together and I went back to bed for a while. Of course, today when I put the sheep in the pasture, Micro-lamb stayed behind while Bianca went out to graze, but I put them back in the stall together for bed time.
We also lost one of our crossbred quads being raised as triplets. His mother has a clear preference for her ewe lamb and the boys were not doing well. I started supplementing some of the needier triplets including these two with extra hay and soybean meal, but the white ram slowly got worse instead of better, although the extra feeding seemed to help the others who are doing better now. He stopped eating last night and despite my efforts, died this morning.
I can’t complain, overall, as we haven’t lost that many lambs this year, but it always feels bad when you have to bury one you’ve spend a lot of time caring for.