I am caring for my neighbors herd of Barbados. One ewe has 2 babies about a month ago. She separated herself from the herd and is unsteady on her feet then went down. She is grinder her teeth. Any ideas? low calcium, maybe low selenium?
Sorry, had to take care of something . Try molasses mixed with water, molasses is high in calcium and sugar, and alfalfa hay. That will bring up her sugar and calcium. Keep offering it, it helped us with one of ours, covers both issues at once. Good luck.
Give her some calcium. The response will be quick if that is the problem. Also, she will likely bloat as their rumination shuts down if it is milk fever. More detailed symptoms would be helpful, too. Milk fever is easily diagnosed. Does she have any discharge from her nose or labored breathing. Does she fall over after you have lifted her from the recumbent position or have you checked her temperature?
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