We entered the barn this morning to a sound of a new baby. I looked in the doe and ewe pens and no baby to be seen. Low and behold a new little black baby ram lamb had crawled into another pen with our boer goats and was crying to get back with his new mama.
Here are some shots of the little guy.
There is good news and bad news with this little guy and his delivery. His mama is a first time mom. It is great that she had a healthy delivery and had good instincts to know how to clean him up. When we got to the barn, the baby was clean and his ambilical cord had been nipped short by mama. all was well.
But, the bad news is that this little guy is hungry and as of now the mama does not know how to nudge him and route him to her teet. So, we are watching closely to see if he figures it out. When we tried to assist this afternoon by holding the mama and bringing the new lamb to her teet, we noticed that her udder has not really filled up yet. Since she is a first time mom, maybe this is normal. That has never happened with our ewes before so this is very new. Also, we notice that as of now the baby lamb appears to be blind, or at least a serious blue fog over his little eyes. We are watching this closely as well to see if his eyes clear in the near future.
I have my colostrum out and thawing now on the kitchen counter. We always have extra on had for cases such as this. Should this little guy not start nursing by this eve, we will be giving him colostrum and begin to bottle feed him.
His eyes, well that is a tad more perplexing. And, if the mama does not figure out how to show this little guy how to nurse, then we have an issue with the mama.
Usually they all figure it out within the first 24 hours, at least that has always beent the case before. I have only ever had to bring one lamb into the house and feed it only to show the mama the following day how to nurse her young.
Such are the days of life on the farm! Always great exciting moments and perplexing ones too – this happens on an hourly basis on a farm.
God Bless! L. Davis