New Member - Ewe issues
I came across this forum in the wee small hours while listening to the new ewe crying pitifully outside my bedroom window!
On Saturday we were given a ewe by one of my colleagues who thought keeping a lamb and it's mother on a small section in the city would be a great idea!! Needless to say when he let his dogs "out to meet them" they both jumped the back fence and took off for 2 days. When they were finally returned apparently mum had rejected the baby. I am not convinced that this is the full truth as I now believe they have the "rejected" lamb living inside wearing a nappy as this had been the plan all along, however the farmer who sold them the sheep wouldn't separate mum and bub. I suspect that mum was proving too much trouble and they wanted to off-load her as quickly as possible.
In any case they have given us mum and she is currently paddocked with my 2 weathers. She has cried non stop for the past 2 days (sleep? What sleep!) and not being experienced with ewes I wondered if there is anything I should be doing to try and settle her. She has a full udder and is no doubt a bit traumatised at being moved in the back of my colleagues car! I can imagine she is missing her bub and is uncomfortably full with milk.
We do have the option of re-homing her down the road to live with another ewe and her 2 lambs and one other young orphan lamb, but don't want to cause her more unrest if this is likely to be a disaster.
Not really being a sheep person I am a little stuck on what is the best thing for her. Would she be better with other ewes? With lambs or will she settle down with my boys?
I feel terrible for her but also can't face the prospect of weeks without sleep as she bleats outside the window!
Is anyone able to offer any advice? How long will it take for her to settle down?
When I have a stressed animal, I give it rescue remedy to help calm it. It wont stop her crying immediately but it will reduce her stress and she will get over it more quickly. I thing I would hang on to her rather than shifting her yet again and causing more stress again
Geba;520527 wrote: Sheep have pretty good memories so at the mo' she's amongst complete strangers and as you say, very uncomfortable at best. Not surprised she is bleating, poor girl! if she is missing her lamb that much she might be better off with the other sheep 'family' you mention, one of those lambs might at least take off the surplus milk.
I very much doubt that she will take on another lamb, its hers she is missing, not a lamb in general. You would be putting her through even more stress probably by trying to get her to take another lamb she doesnt really want
You really need to get her to a distant paddock with company ....out of earshot
Once her stress levels go down, she should start eating for herself again, rather than feeding a lamb, and should put on weight. She probably didn't have anywhere near enough grazing in her former home, and the life of the lonely lamb they have taken off her, seems a bit bleak.
Wollyton;520547 wrote: Thanks everyone, she seems to be a lot more settled tonight and is making friends with my fellas. I am worried that she is so thin compared to them though!
Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S