4 day old lamb not pooing!

by Kelly
(Australia)

Hello, we have an orphan lamb that we have had for three days now. The first day we had her she pooped a little black poo and has not had a poo since. Is this ok or should she be pooping? She is fed on profelac which is a lamb powdered milk that you mix up and feed. I think i may have overfed her yesterday and today but i'm starting to think she may be constipated? any advice appreciated, should she be pooping daily?

thankyou

MEG: HAS SHE HAD COLOSTRUM? YOU CAN MAKE UP ARTIFICIAL COLOSTRUM, RECIPE ON P2 AT THIS LINK
http://navajosheepproject.com/images/pdf/lambs/orphanedlambs.pdf
OR USE A LITTLE MINERAL OIL (1 TSPN) IN HER MILK REPLACER. YOU CAN ALSO GIVE A WARM SOAPY ENEMA. NEVER OVERFEED OR OVER ENRICH THE FEED - IT CAN KILL.

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Feb 10, 2015
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by: David

I think that it may be due to the indigestion issues the lamb facing. Should consult a doctor immediately and get some medicines that would help to improve the digestion process. Hope it will be fine after that.

Aug 20, 2012
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Follow Meg's advice
by: Steven

Hi there, I think you may have a serious problem if the lamb has been constipated for so long. I would be going with Meg's advice and would even consider the enema. Reckon the lambs chances are not great though.
I am not a great fan of profolec (is it OK to mention the brand name?). Over the years we have fed hundreds of orphan lambs. One memorable year I bought 300 young Polwarth ewes and most of them left their lambs as soon as they were born. We were feeding over 60 pet lambs at one stage. The novelty soon wore off.
We seldom have an orphan lamb now as we are breeding Ryeland sheep and they are outstanding mothers. If we do need to feed a lamb we use full cream powdered milk and I reckon it is better than the commercial lamb powder.
Best of luck with the lamb. I reckon its chances are less that 50/50 though.

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