Sudden Death in a Mother Ewe
I live in California and have 7 sheep, 9 goats and 42 Guinea Hens.
After just a few years of raising the sheep and goats I've learned some and unfortunately also lost some animals.
Yesterday I found my favorite wool sheep dead in the corral. She had been eating well and not shown any signs of illness. She gave birth to a beautiful strong ram 1 month ago. Last year she gave birth to twin girls that are growing stronger by the day and look very pregnant.
What called my attention at looking at her after her death was something that looked like the beginning of a vaginal prolapse, not completely out yet.
I am wondering if this would be possible considering her lamb is already a month old. Or if it could be possible that she never delivered a second lamb. Not sure the latter would be possible, could she really have lived for a whole month if that was the case?
She had a super easy and normal delivery and the placenta came right out.
My second question is if I should bottle feed the lamb. He has been eating a lot for two weeks and drinking water like the others. Looks strong and healthy, about 20 pounds.
I will appreciate anyone's input very much.