Hi there - I would love some advice on what to do with a very sick sheep that my daughter has taken on from a neighbouring property. It is very daggy, which we will trim, but is very listless and seems near death to me. Any miracle revival techniques??
Currently I have her on and under a tarp to keep her dry and will drench her this afternoon if she's still with us.
If she's very daggy she may well have an overload of worms - have you checked her mouth and the whites of her eyes for colour. They should be a healthy pink. Also, while you're in her mouth, have a look at the state of her teeth. If she's not a young girl she could well be having problems eating sufficient grass with worn down teeth. A drench certainly won't hurt her.
Do you think she might be pregnant?
Without seeing her it's hard to come up with a specific answer for you on the information given but if you felt it was worth it, talking to a vet might be helpful. Good luck with her, at least your daughter has the right attitude.
Read BenH86 "New sheep keepers" post. For Sleepy Sickness I give Ketol diluted with warm water out of a small plastic soft drink bottle, so that the bottle does not break when she knocks it out of my hand. You will have to force the mouth open and put the bottle into the corner of her mouth while you hold her head slightly upwards.
Is she still going? If you have not told the neighbour yet that you are caring for his sheep, do so very, very urgently.
If he is happy that you are helping, ask him if this ewe has been pregnancy scanned, and if so whether he can tell how many lambs she is having. Many farmers that scan their sheep only mark those ewes that are not carrying twins.
Remember when talking to him that he should be very sensitive that you have found a neglected sheep on his property.