So this blog is supposed to be about the realities of having a small farm. Well, today was as real as it gets. So those of you with weak stomachs or hearts may want to skip today’s post.
So we brought Dete’s lamb into the house because we could not get it to nurse nor bottle feed colostrum. It was getting cold and still was weak. She was also having problems breathing. So I warmed her up and gave her a penicillin shot. She gradually started to get stronger and starting crying for her mother. Then this photo is when she stood for the first time.
We started to call her Lambikins. By midnight she bottle fed quite slowly, but she was crying for her mother so we took her out to the barn to be with her. By 3:00 AM she nursed poorly but took the bottle of colostrum well. By 6:00 AM she nursed well after a bit of coaching. But at 9:00 when Tom went to check things were going terribly wrong.
Dete was trying to deliver another lamb. I know you are supposed to go in and check after a difficult delivery, but I barely had to pull on Lambikin’s head to get her out. I thought Dete still looked a little wide, but she has always looked side to me compared to Shetland sheep. She was showing no signs of labor, and I even thought she had delivered the placenta.
But she had one black leg sticking out and was pushing hard. We knew this lamb was probably dead but still had to get it out. I felt what I thought was the head. And after many attempts found the second leg and pulled it forward. I then tried to pull the lamb out by the head and legs and was making no progress. I felt something odd off to the side but was not sure what it was. Finally after a lot of pulling then lamb came out. It was quite dead, and it had its neck twisted backward. So I was feeling the head but backward, and the odd thing I was feeling was the shoulder. It was a black male lamb.
So now Dete does not look good. Her bleeding has slowed down but she is just laying there. She did respond some to the penicillin, Vitamin B and Prevanil injection I gave her. She is not standing for Lambikins to nurse so Lambikins is cuddled next to her head. So now the concern is whether Dete will make it.
And the guilt sets in…..