On Sunday morning we had a set of twins from one of our first time mums, Nutella. She had a ram and a ewe lamb. When we went to treat the lambs' navels with iodine, we noticed that the little ram lamb had a hernia with some of his intestines outside his body. Waking the poor vet up at 8.30am on a Sunday morning is never a nice thing to do, but she put everything back in its place and stitched up the lamb. He was very weak and we didn't think he had a great chance of survival, but we knew we had to do our best for him. Following a stomach tubing with his mother's colostrum and a nice nap in front of the Aga, he made a miraculous recovery and is now doing really well with his mum and sister!
On Tuesday evening we had a set of triplets. We have a policy of only allowing our ewes to rear a maximum of two lambs, so we took one of the lambs and put him on our Shepherdess warm milk feeder. Our vet rang us today to say that a lamb had been found on the road by a member of the public, and since its owner or mother was nowhere to be seen, they brought the lamb to the vet. We have taken the lamb in and once she recovered from the trauma of her morning, we introduced her to our other pet lamb. We have named the new lamb Angel, and she seems to be settling in really well.
Nicola and Geraldine
Two hobby shepherds