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Nov 12th, 2014 at 7:55am
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Just picked up a couple of orphaned lamps. Pretty dehydrated and thin. They went for the infant formula i gave them. Will cows milk do them any harm? Whats a good feed for them.

Anyone can answer this ,, need some info this evening.  Smiley

  

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Reply #1 - Nov 12th, 2014 at 8:13am
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Cows milk will get you to tomorrow. Then head to vet/rural supplies store and get a bag of AnLamb or similar milk powder. Have they had a feed of colostrum? If not, a bit of that off a newly lambed ewe might be a safeguard.

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Anlamb or Milligans powder are ideal, cows milk (or calf milk powder) not best practice but they can do OK.
If they are less than 24 hours old then try and feed colostrum for that first day (can buy powdered from vet or maybe CRT/farmlands).
  
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Reply #3 - Nov 12th, 2014 at 6:37pm
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What does the Colostrum do out of interest? Whats regular feeding cycle for a lamb?

I think ill hand them back to the expert Oscar.. 
  

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Colostrum has a heap of antibodies to boost the immune system. During the first 24 hours the young ruminant gut can uptake the antibodies, after that they cant absorb them. Immunity from colostrum can last for several months, young animals that dont get it are more prone to infection.

Milk feeding interval is initially every few hours but over time you can get them to three then two feeds a day -the milk powder bag has a feeding guide on how strong to make it, how much to give and how often.
  
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Reply #5 - Nov 17th, 2014 at 12:33am
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Also without a feed of colostrum they will be dead within a week. Even a single feed of it will make a huge difference. The sooner the better Smiley
  
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