Cristina

by Cristina
(Fairfield, CA, US)

I would like your advice on the following,

I have a 6 weeks old lamb that was rejected by her mom. As soon as I realized this I gave her colostrum I purchased since I could not catch the mom to make her nurse shortly after being born. As soon as I was able to catch the ewe, I confined her with her lamb and made her nurse as many times as I could. Since the ewe wasn't cooperating I just decided to bottle feed the lamb to make sure she would receive adequate amounts of milk replacement.
She has been eating alfalfa hay and grain for over a week but still seems to want to nurse. She always looked somewhat bloated after drinking her milk but even more so now that she is eating more alfalfa.
Not sure if I should just stop the milk and let her eat alfalfa or if I should switch to a different feed. I fed her 3 to 4 times a day at the beginning and 2 x a day (about a cup each time is all she would want) after that.

Thank you

MEG: SOUNDS LIKE YOU'VE DONE ALL THE RIGHT THINGS. JUST REMEMBER TO MAKE ANY SWITCH IN DIET GRADUALLY, INCLUDING WEANING HER OFF MILK. YOU COULD PUT MILK POWDER OR LAMB PELLETS INTO HER FEED WHILE YOU REDUCE THE LIQUID MILK. MAKE SURE SHE IS WORMED REGULARLY TOO.

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Apr 07, 2014
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You are doing OK
by: Anonymous

Hi and I agree, you seem to have done the right things. Often a bottle fed lamb will get a fat tummy. Think it may be caused by an unnatural diet but they usually do OK although not as well as their mother fed counterparts. At six week there was no need to give the lamb colostrum but I reckon no harm done. Keep feeding the lamb from the bottle (twice a day) for quite some time though. Probably up to six months.

Steve

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