I want to keep a log of this years lambings. So far it's sad and I'm having a hard time typing this out. Started with Oma on March 28th she had twins a ewe and a ram in the late afternoon. The ram was circleing and appeared blind, he died by the next morning. The ewe lamb is healthy happy and is a chunk like her Mom!
On March 30th we gave the remaining 10 ewe's that are bred a Bo-Se shot, a B-Complexe shot and some A,D,E paste. Later last week I started putting an electralite powder with A,D,E thiamine etc in one of their water buckets and they do drink it up most everyday.
On April 1st Tess had twins two ewes one is fine and the other showed the same symptoms as the first ram only she was more relaxed ate well for a few days, was blind the whole time received some Bo-Se and B-Complexe but on about the fourth day just wanted to sleep, laying up-right with head back looking very comfortable. She died her 7th day. I did feed her with an eyedropper she peed and pooed the entire time.
Now, the picture above are the lambs born yesterday to Bella, dark colored ram and a ewe. They were born April 14 in the afternoon and I was there to watch the birth. Both came head first and I helped the first lamb just to help things go easier for Bella. She is a two year old first time lamber. Lambs look normal at birth and once they are up they became a bit frantic thinking they are alone because both are Blind!! With a quite voice they calm down and nurse like any other new born. The little ram is active nurses well and starts his circling when he becomes lost. The ewe lamb this morning has not nursed, she wants to lay and sleep under the heat lamp. I gave both babies 1/4 cc of A,D,E injectable yesterday.
All three ewe's were bred to the same ram and have the same father. I'm working with a vet and some friends who breed animals and only one other person has come forth with this same problem. I will have a necropcy done and this other lady is sending me her necropcy results to compare. She never did get direct answers to her lamb problems and all her lambs died. Not a good scenario.
That's enough, I need a Kleenex and a towel to dry my keyboard and someone with some answers!
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