Never A Good Sign

TubA lamb or kid in our spare bathroom means it’s not thriving it’s first day/night with it’s mom.  This is Summer’s first baby, a little buckling.   It’s been particularly cold lately and she’s not quite gotten the mom thing down yet.  Our job is to warm him and tube him for a few feedings.  That means he gets a feeding tube threaded down his throat into his belly and we feed him colostrum that way until he’s strong enough to stand and nurse.  There is no end to the amount of things you NEVER thought you’d have to do in your entire life until you bring livestock into the picture.   The good news is he’s back out in the barn with Summer where we’ll keep them both penned together for a good while until she learns he’s her responsibility.  The bad news is he’s been replaced by one of Nellie’s newborn lambs who’s too weak to stand and nurse just yet, unlike his brother.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. loramahaffey
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 09:59:09

    Aaw, he is so sweet. I’m glad he’s doing better and can be with his momma. Hopefully she’ll catch on fast!

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  2. Annette J.
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 10:35:12

    Babies of all kinds just make me melt! You guys take such good care of them! And I agree, with humans AND animals, there’s no end to what you think you’d never do. Just love em all so much. Every year at the fair there is a Moo-ternity ward and you get to watch the moms give birth. I swear the whole community is there just cheering her on and there’s like a celebration when that baby finally gets here. It’s like they belong to all of us. Summer will catch on soon. Hope Nellie’s newborn comes around quickly.

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  3. Knickers
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 15:14:37

    I want a lamb….. no! I want 17 baby lambs to run through fields with. To bleet and hop about. Christ on a cracker he’s cute!

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  4. Knickers
    Jan 30, 2014 @ 09:13:35

    Christ! I just realized I called a kid a lamb! Maybe having 17 wouldn’t be wise 😉

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