Posted on 15th April
Today the tiniest lamb I ever saw was born from a shy 2 years old ewe. I checked if it can walk and baa and it seems to be okay. I took no photos, because I didn’t wanted to get on their nerves. They are on the meadow.
update (16th April):
Today the tiny lamb was lying in the part of the stable where someone had tried to dig it out to make a swimming pool. This part is 50cm deeper than the rest and the sheep like to sleep there, because there is no wind. It often happens that lambs stay down, can’t come up and the mothers don’t get it, because sheep are not that clever.
Anyways… I lifted the handful lamb up to the mother. One ear of the lamb is damaged. Most likely due to yesterday’s hysterical reaction of the mother. She must have stepped on it.
I went back to the cottage to get iodine but the ewe didn’t let me near the lamb and I didn’t wanted to let the mother step on it again. So I only brought them some water and made some photos.
I call the lamb “Zwerg”, that means “dwarf” in German.
update (24th April):
Dwarf started to limb heavily, two days ago I managed to catch it and saw that the right hind leg was wounded, it looked as if broken. It was too late to call the vet, so we went to the vet yesterday.
Dwarf had high fever, the leg and the tail were infected. The mother had not stepped on the lamb, she had bitten it.
Dwarf got 2 injections with antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory. We put bleu on the tail and it got a huge bandage on its leg, which I have to change now every day. I also have to give injections for 2 weeks.
I was shocked to hear that the ewes sometimes bite their lambs. This explains the wounds of one of Rehleins lambs (years ago) and the wounds of the lamb that was eaten by Tristan (also years ago), it was blleding out of both ears and too weak to move or baa. They said it can happen when the ewe is inexperienced. Dwarfs wounds were not fresh, it seems that his mother learned till now to be a bit better.
This morning he was following the ewe in the park.