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RE: New Lambs

Cyndi, I'm so sorry your second ewe had so many difficulties and that you
have and are having a life and death struggle with her triplets.  It IS
distressing.  I do tend to get emotionally attached and have tube fed
puppies before.  It's not a fun task and you have to be so very careful to
get the tube in just the right spot without damaging internal organs.  Will
this ewe still be good for the wool industry or as a pet?  I feel for you
and hope that your other ewe's have uneventful births!!!  

(I look forward to the pictures when you get time!)

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 12:37 PM
To: 'gardenchat@hort.net'
Subject: RE: [CHAT] New Lambs

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


-----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
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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