We have two momma’s ewe’s that are huge, bagged up and ready to go in lock down in the big barn to control where they lamb at.. we have three ewe’s with lambs on side up in the Croft Jug pens, closer to the house for ease of checking.
This has greatly increased my chore time but its so worth it. The first set of twins was as even as can be and at two weeks are rocking it!
The second set of twins are now thriving and moved into the shared jug with the lambs and their mother above. They are a strong set of twin ram lambs and while there is a difference in size, they are both doing very well. No longer needing coats or heat lamp.
The third set of twins are also rams and there is quite the difference in size between them as well, both are white with horn buds, the big male (R1) is doing great, They are now coming on 72 hours old and he is hitting all his marks, the odds of him growing up now are excellent.
However his smaller second born brother (R2) can not have the same said about him.
He was and is “JUST” making his milestones.. I made sure he got in and got his first milk, I checked all the normal things and they were all good.. but he was off.. Look at the picture above, you can see it in his face, see the pain wrinkles, the way his mouth pulls up.. (if he was a horse and you saw this, you would start checking to see what was not working right be it tack or body wise)
You can see the difference on his twin’s face. so much more relaxed and correct!
Now being born is hard work so I took the first 12 to 24 hours slow.. but on the morning of day 2, I took my stool, got the babies up from a sleep and watched.. and watched until they were ready to go back down again.. At that point R2 was caught and given a much closer physical check as I had narrowed down what appeared to be the issue or at least sort of.
His latch is off because his mouth is not lining up properly, its not a overbite or underbite, its more a wry mouth going just a touch sideways.. I can’t feel a deform to the bone (this is a very good thing) so I am truly hoping it is a pulled tendon that happened during birth and that with careful stretching and movement by me, that I can help him length it out and get more movement. I will have to watch this carefully not just for the latch but also for how his teeth line up for chewing..
A lamb that can not successful match his teeth to chew is not a lamb that is going to thrive.. We will see what can be done and time will tell.. There is always a curve ball that each birth and season brings to you!
I will keep you posted, even if that means needing to tell you that in the end he needed to be humanely put down or if I have indeed been able to help him.. only time will give me that answer.