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Has anyone ever hand-raised a lamb?

Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 18:06
by CockadoodledooCockerpoo
The first lamb I hand-reared was the most demanding, as he was rejected after a head injury- he was either stood on or attacked by a fox. He was called Dave. He was very sweet, and for the first few weeks he required feeding every four hours- including during the night! I loved looking after him and he was very cuddly. Unfortunately, he had suffered serious brain-damage that only became apparent as he grew up, and resulted in him not being able to walk in a straight line, and eventually, his condition got worse and he was put down. But until then, I loved sharing time with him, and have many fond memories.
After Dave, I hand-reared Lawrence. That was earlier this spring. He is very sweet too. He was orphaned after his Mum died of a post-natal infection. He was much more independent, and I love him to bits. He now lives with the rest of the flock, and I get to see him occasionally. Unfortunately, he will be off to market in September, and I will never see him again.
This year, I also hand-reared two other lambs for a short time, as their mum got Mastitis. They were two half Southdown brothers, who I called Jimmy and Johnny. They were adorable. They will be off to market soon, too.

Has anyone else got any lamb-related stories?

Re: Has anyone ever hand-raised a lamb?

Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 19:19
by laffinfowl
I had a very nice dinner last Sunday,roast spuds,veg and a leg of Lamb(don,t know what its name was) but it was absolutely delicious 8-[

Re: Has anyone ever hand-raised a lamb?

Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 21:23
by ladyplumber
laffinfowl wrote:I had a very nice dinner last Sunday,roast spuds,veg and a leg of Lamb(don,t know what its name was) but it was absolutely delicious 8-[
Awww, now that was cruel :roll: [-X :)

Re: Has anyone ever hand-raised a lamb?

Posted: 09 Aug 2013, 00:33
by laffinfowl
Well they did say Lamb related stories,mine was just a short one :-'''

Re: Has anyone ever hand-raised a lamb?

Posted: 09 Aug 2013, 09:34
by subruss
Yes and they become a pain in the backside :lol: another short story, if you have done it you will know what I mean.

Re: Has anyone ever hand-raised a lamb?

Posted: 18 Aug 2013, 19:21
by Woodland Hen
Only hand raised lambs I know became such a pain in the bum, then ended up yummy in someone's tum.

Walking through a field with a now large lamb jumping in the back of your legs and head butting you is not fun no matter how cute they were when they were little:-(

Re: Has anyone ever hand-raised a lamb?

Posted: 19 Aug 2013, 09:31
by drfish
A friend of mine at school had one as a pet, for that very reason. They hand raised it as it's mum died during birth, and it wouldn't integrate with the rest of the lambs, so they had to keep it at home rather than in the fields. No idea what sort it was, but it ended up about 10 stone of wool. :shock:

Re: Has anyone ever hand-raised a lamb?

Posted: 19 Aug 2013, 21:15
by debcat
I end up with some every year,
will never have a single one again after learning my lesson with trudiewoo, now aged 10 and still a pain in the butt.
at least with more than 1 they turn out more like sheep, it does depend a lot on breed as well
native breeds aren't as human orientated as commercials

Re: Has anyone ever hand-raised a lamb?

Posted: 21 Aug 2013, 10:14
by HelenVF
We hand reared a goat this year, for the first time. Fantastic experience, but a lot of work, and did tie us here for a bit. Dillon, a golden guernsey came here at about 4 weeks old and settled in as though he had been born here.

Funniest experience was when he jumped the wall. I was in the house and heard Bob, a pygmy, bleating, which he doesn't normally do. I went out to check and he was stood in the middle of the paddock, looking worried. No sign of Dillon. Walking back up to the house, saw my neighbour talking to a group of hikers. He shouted over to say he was there. He had gone over to say hello to the hikers and was going to follow them! lol.

Helen