HELP, Off subject but I have an 8 hr lamb ,no mom?? : LUSENET : Dairygoats : One Thread

It's me again, im sorry, but I have an 8 hr old lamb and the mom was sold on a truck, found him in the barn when the barn was going to be cleaned, it is lively and eats replacer for me ( 6oz) so far today. so, so , sucking but it looks for the nipple. Is there ANY chance it will live?? I have no idea if it got moms milk. Please tell me there is something I can do , even if comfort measures. I hate to see him die. Update on my new goat too, she is soooo big now and doing wonderful thanks to all of you. I still have no idea what bred she is but shes so cute.

-- Sue in PA (, February 10, 2002


Best bet is to find a cow dairy and buy some colostrum from them. There is a commercial colostrum replacer that you may be able to find in the morning when things open up. It is best for them to have colostrum within the first 12 hrs of life but if I remember correctly from my animal science classes--- it can be absorbed for up to 24 hours with good results. This lamb stands a very good chance. If you can't get any kind of colostrum in her, be prepared for her to begin to crash at around 10 days or so when her immunity from her mother wears off. Antibiotics would be a good thing to have on hand about then.

-- Tana Mc (, February 10, 2002.

DUH!!! What am I thnkng?? Any body near you with goats? They probably have some colostrum frozen.

-- Tana Mc (, February 10, 2002.

Thank you so much, I was afraid that it ment that he would crash alot sooner, i think I can do some running in the A.M. I have him sleeping with me on the couch, lol, last week it was the goat . Gotta love the little guy.

-- Sue in PA (, February 10, 2002.

Thank you for your responses, I lost the little guy around 3 am, it was so small, it started to bleed from both ends, i think it got stepped on b-4 we found him, also his ears were not open, I guess it was just not ready for this crazy world. Thank you all.

-- Sue in PA (, February 11, 2002.

Oh Sue, I'm so sorry. It is so hard to lose a little guy like that. i hope your doe has nice, healthy, happy doe kids for you. Here's a (hug).

-- Rebekah (, February 11, 2002.

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