I'm feeling terribly guilty over this one. Hadn't noticed her being off, but also hadn't spent much time with them the past few weeks. Aside from tossing hay over the fence and counting to be sure they were all there, I'd pretty much ignored them. (health issues, large craft fair seemed to consume most of my time.) This morning DD went out to feed and found one of the spring lambs laying in the barn. She tossed a handful of hay to her and the lamb didn't get up. She did nibble at it, a good sign, but no desire to get on her feet. I went out to see if I could get her up, and it's as though she's got no muscle in her back legs...or a lower back injury. Her temp is way down, too, no doubt last night's cold weather put her under to the point where an existing problem became noticable. I'd suspect a build up of parasites, however she's just 7 months old and has been de-wormed three times, plus we sent a fecal sample (from the flock, not her specifically) into the vet in Sept and the results were fine. She also spent the better part of the summer on better pasture than we had here as she was at one of the county parks for a couple months. The worst part is that this isn't one of our lambs, but another 4-H member's lamb. Their mom is on her way right now to take her to the vet. In the meantime, I've given her some nutri-drench and vitamin B. She's loosing ground the longer she waits, and it's been over an hour since I called the owner; at this point I'm not holding out much hope for her. I keep looking to see what I could have done differently. Pasture management has been an issue this year as we've doubled flock size. I've got a neighbor who has okayed us stringing an electric fence around his old cow pasture for next summer, so that will provide a great deal of relief. Another neighbor offered her pasture this year, but it was so wet most of the summer that we just didn't get around to using it. I felt like I was more aggressive with deworming this year, given lack of pasture, as well as feeding throughout the summer. They've had hay in front of them pretty consistently since September. I also bumped up the quality of hay once the pasture was completely gone. What else can I be doing to prevent any more catastrophes? :shrug: The owners haven't been here to see their sheep since August, so while I realize it's up to me to care for them while the sheep are here, I'm feeling a bit miffed that they haven't bothered to come and see how their animals are doing. We scheduled a meeting for this past Friday and they didn't show up, saying they'd thought it was an evening meeting. I was going to have them trim feet and deworm their sheep that day. Had they shown up, we may have spotted something earlier.