It was fine with Eliza, all her lambs are about the same size; 11lbs, 10lbs and 10lbs (can you imagine carrying 31 lbs of lamb???). She takes really good care of them, they are all healthy as can be.... and then comes Rose. I know it isnt her fault, it is actually mine because I did flush before breeding this year.
Rose had triplets yesterday evening. The first lamb looked great! Nice sized (about 8lbs), looked healthy, but half hour later he was not standing up. He's like a wet noodle. We drenched, gave Bo-Se, B complex and helped him to stand to get his first milk. He was a bit better last night, when my daughter gave him a nudge, he would get up, stagger over to mom and try to nurse. But if he got bumped, down he'd go like so much spaghetti and thats where he stayed.
The second lamb came, long tall and healthy, he was up in 5 mins working on finding the chow. That's when we noticed a pair of legs hanging out of the ewe. Back legs. Jari kinda freaked, I called Laura. My savior-sheperdess in Oregon. I was also trying to find out more about both problems from Laura Lawsons book, Managing Your Ewe; our copy is a bit dogeared, it is worth its weight in gold! But then so is Laura in Oregon. In the mean time, this lamb that was causing such a rucus just kind of fell to the straw, I dont think the ewe noticed to be honest. She weighs 4 lbs. I thought I got a picture of her brand new, but I had the camera on video somehow, so pictures of them later. She is a little bag of bones but she was also up and nursing within minutes. So now Im paranoid. I have two more sheep out there that are as big or bigger than Rose was, so either they are carrying trips or very large twins.
Anybody feeling my pain here??
This is Jari's 4-H suffolk ewe Misty, she had these twins last Friday the 21st. Both big strong and healthy and both ewes :) This was a photo op I couldn't pass up!
Two of Eliza's triplets, the third one looks just like his sisters :)