Rejected lamb not so rejected

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  1. Ranchermom

    Ranchermom Sam at the Pecan Ranch

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    One of my ewes had twins three days ago everything was fine that morning, in the evening I went out and one of the lambs had got tangled up in the chicken coop and was left behind, I sent him free but the mother rejected him.

    We got them all three in and I captured her trying to squirt her milk on his head and rear and back but she wouldnt accept him. We held on to him to let him drink a bit cause he was so hungry. Hubby read on something so we tried it, we got a squirt bottle with water and vanilla. I squirted it on her nose and both of their rears and head and back.

    She couldnt tell them apart as they both started drinking milk so she accepted them both. Three days later she still is accepting him. I am waiting a week then letting them out again.

    They also recommend maybe using petro jelly

    Anyone else done this or similar?

    Sam
     
  2. kesoaps

    kesoaps Well-Known Member

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    I've heard of folks using vanilla with great success in many types of critters, from bunnies to horses. Glad to hear another success story from you!
     

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    dcross Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My buddy used soy sauce on baby rabbits and the adoptive mother.
     
  4. Ranchermom

    Ranchermom Sam at the Pecan Ranch

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    Now thats tasty! hehe
     
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    minnikin1 Shepherd

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    We had read to try Vicks vapor rub, but that didn't work.