Katy Whitby-last wrote:Kelly, I have a wee lambing box that stays nearby when lambs are due and it has the following things in it:
phone number of my very knowledgeable neighbour and the vet
obstetric lubricant in case I need to assist a birth (I also have a wee bottle of antiseptic hand wash so I can clean my hands first without having to run back to the house)
injectable calcium (Calciject in the UK) plus appropriate sized needles and syringes in case of hypocalcaemia (I had my first ever case last year and was glad I had it to hand)
twin lamb drench in case of pregnancy toxaemia
Iodine for dipping navels
rubber rings and applicator for castrating males
powdered colostrum, syringe and tube in case I need to tube feed a sickly lamb (only use this if you have been shown how otherwise you can put the liquid into the lungs)
dental floss for tying off an umbilical cord that hasn't closed off and is still bleeding ( this can sometimes happen if they are born fast)
a copy of "A Manual of Lambing Techniques" by Winter & Hill
Many of these things you won't use but are important to have on hand because if you do need them you need them at that moment not when you've had a chance to get them from somewhere.
One thing to watch out for with easy lambers is the second twin. Often they come out so fast they are still in the membranes and if mum is busy with the first born she doesn't get the membranes off in time and they can suffocate. In that situation I always pull the membranes off myself as soon as they are out and clear the nose then leave mum to do the rest.
I rarely have to intervene with my girls but I like to be prepared and keep a close eye on them so that I can step in and help if needed.
R Ranson wrote:Katy, great replies. Thank you. Love the supply list. The phone numbers are essential.
Another thing I keep on hand is molasis for the mums. After birthing, they really like warm water and molasses. It seems to help them recover quicker.
I'm a bit worried too. I never know if it's time to get the cigars ready (to celebrate the new lambs) or if something else is bothering the ewe. I think I need to review our nutrition as the hay might be a bit rich.
For here, I like the early lambing. Our grass stops growing in may, so there isn't much for the late lambs to eat. Also the January lambs/kids put on weight much faster and with less feed than the later ones. It is probably just a local phenomena because of our weather. The thing I don't like with this time of year is going out in my PJs in the rain at night to check on them.
What other books or resource on lambing do you like? I've been pretty impressed with Storey's Barn Guide to Sheep for it's fast and easy reference manual. The pictures of the lambs inside the womb and how to best get them out when stuck, has been really useful.
Katy Whitby-last wrote:How is Marry doing today? If she is still off her hay I would give a twin lamb drench as it could well be pregnancy toxaemia.
R Scott wrote:We keep the rams in all year, they help protect the herd from predators. Downside is lambing in the cold sometimes. But we usually have better luck lambing in cold dry January than cool wet March. We started lambing on the second.
Kelly Smith wrote: we really dont have the time to intervene in a lot of births. i guess i will do what i can and keep the hardy ewes around.
Jacque Ence wrote: I got a crash course in banding them this week too. What a week.
Saskia Symens wrote:I was/am totally new to kidding... Our dwarf nanny gave birth this afternoon to a cute little kid baptised Brownie by my sons. I was quite worried during the whole process and had the vet on the phone three times to make sure everything was proceeding as normal. Everything went well. They're secure for the night, and I can relax now...
I do have a question for the community, though: I'm wondering if it's possible there's a second bun in the oven. How can I be sure? There were no more contractions after the delivery of the afterbirth, but her belly still seems fairly big. How far can two kids be apart?
Kate Barnwell wrote:I had a few Katahdin/East Friesian lambs born about a month ago. Such cuties! They sure are fun. I'd post pictures if I could figure out how.
Cloud 9- what beautifully colored sheep you have! I'm jealous! Flashiest lamb I got this year was a brown and white with black polka dots. All the rest were solid white.