What it’s really like on the farm…
We haven’t made a ton of lambing pens yet. We have 2 places that we put them last year. This year we’ve already had two babies so they were full. We decided to put the rest of the mamas in the big field with a tarp hut. So they could have lots of fresh grass. Our seeding on the main field did not take good so it’s kinda sparse.
We knew they were close but on Tuesday Dolly, who is a first time mom, decided to have twins in the middle of the field on the rainiest day of the year. We went out there as soon as we saw her finish.
They were soaking wet but they felt warm. She was nursing the little girl really well but she kept bucking the little boy away. Then the little girl started shivering. They wouldn’t go into the hut so I started to worry.
To get them to the lambing pen you have to go out the mesh electric fence, while not letting the others out. Then cross the road, which is semi busy to be in the middle of nowhere. Then go into the other fence and not let the others out. Finally go across the main field to the barn.
So that’s what we did. I had a baby on my back in a carrier. The two lambs under each arm with the afterbirth wrapped around the boy to get the Mom to take him. My husband had the mom in a collar/muzzle thing dragging her the whole way. Finally made it and the (LGD) puppies were in the pen, which scared the mom. So I grabbed the puppies up too! I had 2 baby lambs under my arms 2 puppies in my hands and a 1 year old baby on my back.
Finally got the lambs in. Then my husband got the mom in. She started nursing the boy better after they were in the lambing pen, but then later on she stopped again. So I bottle fed him once. After that he started nursing again and he nursed forever! I felt sorry for the little guy. I think she’s finally starting to take him.
Here are some things we had on hand that made this mess a little easier
- Halter — Weaver Leather Livestock Nylon Adjustable Sheep Halter with Chain Lead
- Bottle/Nipples — Lixit Animal Care Lixit Farm Baby Bottle, 1 quart
- Milk replacer —Manna Pro Lamb Milk Replacer, 3.5 lb