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RE: New Lambs


We're trying to figure out what happened but I don't have anything in my
books that says why contractions wouldn't start. I think if we'd had access
to some specialized medication we might have been able to kick start the
process, but we didn't. I am going to see if I can finally track down a vet
who's willing to treat sheep; about 5 years ago I spent an entire day on the
phone calling every vet in the phone book but no one would do it. However
there are numerous 4H groups locally. SOMEONE must know a vet, maybe we just
need the secret decoder ring for them to admit it. 
We will get rid of the ewe because we can't rely now on her having a normal
birth ever again. She might...but we're not willing to take the chance. We
treat them pretty well compared to most livestock, but they are not pets. It
does sound cold but in the end we want animals that can breed without much
human intervention. We spent the entire day Sunday and every two hours on
Monday dealing with this and nothing else got done...and in the end it's
probably all time wasted. 
It's really too bad.  

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 10:43 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] New Lambs

why do you have to get rid of momma?

So sorry to hear this... do you know why this
happened?

Donna

--- Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:

> The babies are very cute. I'll try to post a picture
> on my Yahoo site.
> Unfortunately the next set has been a disaster. The
> ewe went into labor
> Sunday but never had contractions, which meant we
> had to pull the lambs, and
> she had triplets. Either they were premature or it
> took us too long to get
> them out, but one died within a few hours, another
> is now unresponsive, and
> the last will probably not make it either. The two
> survivors can not or will
> not nurse so we are tube feeding them, and they
> cannot get up without
> assistance and cannot take more than a few steps. At
> least the ewe seems to
> have come through it without major problems, but
> we'll have to get rid of
> her now. 
> You win some and you lose some. I am not emotionally
> attached but it's
> distressing nonetheless. We have two more to go, I'm
> sure hoping for better
> outcomes.
> 
> Cyndi
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
> [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
> Of Kitty
> Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2006 5:24 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] New Lambs
> 
> Congratulations on the new babies Cyndi.  New life
> is about as cool as it 
> gets!
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT"
> <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, March 03, 2006 11:59 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] New Lambs
> 
> 
> > We have our first new faces of the season, twin
> ewe lambs born this 
> > morning.
> > Of course it is cold and raining, that's how sheep
> decide when to give
> > birth. All winter it was dry, but now... Anyway
> they looked pretty good,
> > both of them up and looking for the milk faucets.
> We couldn't tell for 
> > sure
> > if they were nursing - some ewes don't mind you
> crawling underneath to 
> > make
> > sure the baby is latched on, but this one was
> getting pretty nervous so we
> > left everyone alone. They are in their little
> shelter and hopefully mom 
> > will
> > not lead them out into the rain. I always fret the
> first day but they did
> > look strong and healthy, so chances are good all
> will be well (wish I had 
> > a
> > webcam out there). Three more to go!
> > I was going to have husband rototill this weekend
> but if the rain does not
> > let up, he can't. The paper claimed it might even
> snow but I don't think
> > it's cold enough for that. Maybe in the hills. I
> have got to start my 
> > tomato
> > and pepper seeds though, I'm way behind. And it's
> past time to plant peas.
> > Of course, I have scaled back the veg garden - no
> really! I did! - so it
> > isn't such a big deal.
> >
> > Cyndi
> >
> >
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