I am trying to overcome the norm of shoving a scour pill down the throat of a baby lamb, but have not found many tried and true homeopathic methods to resolve this issue. A 50/50 mix of lamb starter and electrolytes to ensure hydration while the scour runs its course is the best I have found. The lamb lost its mother during lambing and does not have any access to mothers milk as of yet.
If you have any unpasteurized ACV you can drench him with a 5 cc UP-ACV/5cc H20/1 tsp raw honey mix that I've found very beneficial in the past. You really can't overdose with this mix, so no worries about giving too much or too often.
Joined: Apr 22, 2011
Location: Lower Mainland British Columbia Canada Zone 8a/ Manchester Jamaica
Juliette de Bairacli cured 3000 sheep of black scour with green herbs, milk and molasses.
In Ethnoveterinary medicines used for ruminants in British Columbia, Canada.
Lans C., Turner N., Khan T., Brauer G., Boepple W.
Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine 2007
They list slippery elm, white willow, Dill, Marshmallow, plantago - plantain, pot marigold, stinging nettle, Pacific Silverweed.
Juliette's skill are extensive so green herbs just doesn't cut it without a list when your talking to the matriarch of western herbal medicine.
I'm going to make a suggestion that may not be of help to you, right now anyway.
I'd suggest you look for a breed that is parasite resistant. If you continue to breed these animals, you will run into these problems again and again. The same will be true if you continue to get the animals from the same source. A great solution would be to find a breeder that has a flock that is parasite resistant. This way, you won't into these problems again. If not, you will always have to provide a crutch (treatment) for that animal that gets sick.
I understand your situation, and I would try to do something about it too, because it seems you are operating on a small scale.
Where are you located? I might know of someone in your area with a parasite resistant flock.
If not, look for ewes/lambs that have had a father that is 100% St.Croix. Then you can look for a mother that is one or a mix of the following; Katahdin, barbados, dorper.
Long term this is a good solution, short term, I'm sorry I didn't help you much!
Brent, was wondering if you tried anything and how it worked out?
Joined: Jan 13, 2012
I did not have any of the items on hand that were listed in the responses, but found another that was helpful. You make a simple electrolyte mixture and blend it 50/50 with the lambs supplemental milk. The electrolyte mix is as follows:
1 quart water
2 oz dextrose (corn syrup)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
Although I did not find any posts that were immediately helpful, I am grateful for this community. Thank you everyone for your kind responses and knowledge.
Home Remedy for Scours
1 cup buttermilk
1 raw egg
1 teaspoon cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Bottle feed 1/4 the mixture every 2 to 3 hours, you can add a bolus of neomycin if you want, and don't feed any milk until the scours stops.
I have found that Scours tends to come hand in hand with formula feeding, natural milk almost never. I suggest that if you plan on breeding to keep at least one doe on hand to nipple feed the young uns, that way they atleast get a little of the real stuff.