Thursday, January 16, 2014

Taking Inventory: Lambing Supplies

We are not scheduled to have any lambs for a little while yet (a few in February) but I do like to do an inventory a month or two earlier, to make sure we have what we need to begin the lambing season.

Some of the things are used with every lamb and other items are used occasionally when things do not go as planned.

Tincture of Iodine (7 percent)- . We use a teat dipper to dip the lambs navel cord with the iodine , right after the lamb is born.

Lamb Carrier-This is used when the ewe has her lambs on pasture and we want to move the lamb and mother to another location. It cradles the lamb and you can carry the lamb at your side. The ewe will be able to keep track of her lamb and follow along. If there are two, we just carry the other one.

Towels- Towels come in handy when the weather is chilly and we want to help dry the lamb off so it doesn't lose too much body heat.

Nutri-Drench- A liquid supplement that can be used for weak newborns.

Selenium and Vitamin E Gel- A supplement.

Scale-Not necessary, but it is nice to be able to weigh the lambs at birth.

Syringe and Tube- You use this to tube feed a lamb that is weak and has no sucking reflex (which they do not have if they are too cold or weak)  You place the tube,  down the esophagus of the lamb, the tube is long enough to reach the lambs stomach. You attach the syringe and feed the lamb their mothers colostrum. This is a life saving skill and should be learned if you raise sheep or goats.

Elastrator and bands- These are used to dock lambs tails which is done at about a week old. It is also used to castrate Ram Lambs when they are a little older. 

Syringes and Needles- We give a vaccine called CD/T when we dock the lambs tails. We use it to protect against Tetanus.

Nipples- We only need these when we have a bottle lamb and we usually only have one of those if the lamb is  rejected by their mother. That doesn't happen too often,(thankfully) but we do, occasionally, have a bummer lamb, so we keep nipples on hand.

When I did my inventory, I noticed we are out of gloves which we use if we have to assist a ewe, which is not common, but they are nice to have on hand, just in case.

Other that that, I think we are set!!

The Chicken Chick


  1. I like the idea of a lamb carrier! Seems like that could come in handy. Can't wait to see some cute little babies.

    1. They are nice. The ewe thinks the lamb is walking away and follows right along :)

  2. I have always loved sheep. I love the pictures in your header. I had a friend who kept sheep at one point but I have never lived in a place where it would have been possible.

  3. We are preparing for our first goat kidding season. I wish you a very fun kidding season with lots of healthy bouncing babies in it.

  4. Nice to be prepared. There is too much else to worry about when the time comes. Good luck!

  5. Great list, it is so much easier to be prepared from the beginning than running around looking for things.

  6. Oh no - you forgot something - the alarm clock! Those 2AM checks in the middle of a snow-storm don't happen naturally:)
    Wishing you lots of twins and easy births.


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