Monday, March 21, 2011

Lanora's Twins

I checked the barn by flashlight early this morning and Lanora was standing up while everyone else was lying down, but other than that all seemed well. Went back out around 9 a.m. and found her with two white ram lambs.
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The thing about BFLs is that the lambs are not real bright as compared to Shetland lambs.  These boys are STILL having trouble connecting with the milk counter at 4 p.m.  The video clip above shows how close they come without actually hooking up.  Hopefully they will figure it out soon! I can't stand to watch.  They don't want to be helped either. I milked out Lanora and gave them each a bottle of her colostrum and some powdered colostrum supplement to keep them going until they figure things out.
Leora will be next.  She was taking a lot of interest in the older lambs this morning after her mom delivered the twins.  We have a winter storm warning starting in the morning, I wonder if that will bring on labor for her. She's a first time mom.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Lisa, I was hoping you were going to give me some tips about getting those lambs connected. The good news that I finally managed to get the both ram lambs connected last night about 10:30 p.m. Hip-hip-hurray! Especially appreciated since Leora delivered twin ewe lambs at 7 p.m. They caught on to nursing right away, but I did supplement her littlest one. It was a good day, up by four white BFLs! :)
    And to think we've never had twin BFLs before, but this year we've got three sets. I wonder if it's the earlier breeding?

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  2. Beautiful lambs, Becky. Don't you feel relieved when you just walk out and find them?
    I usually find that if you fill them up with colostrum and walk away for a few hours they get the idea that mom's got the stuff. I also try not to talk to them when I'm in the pen getting them started. When I do, they respond to my voice when I come in the barn and run to me like I'm mom.

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  3. Thanks for the tip about not talking to them Kathy. That's a good one that I'll remember for next time. The ram lambs were getting so hungry they looked frantic when they'd see me coming. I was so relieved when they finally got the real thing figured out at about 14 hours old. Tomorrow they will be a week old already. They are growing like weeds despite our cold night time temps.

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