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  1. Gosh, that’s a great story. I am so glad there are people like you that do things out of care and love for nature, not just for money. It’s uplifting. Though I am typing this from the comfort of my bed! No lambs in Melbourne today!

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  3. D > We can now report that we’ve refreshed our knowledge and have now successfully tube-fed Tiny three times. Confidence in the technique resumed!

  4. J > We’ve researched the tube-feeding technique afresh, and have now done three feeds. we cannot seem to feel the tube in the throat – too much wriggling going on perhaps! – but keeping tube on left side of throat and proceeding very carefully, retracting if any ‘gagging’, we seem to have got the knack again. Certainly, once the tube is well enough in, it then goes down smoothly enough, and letting the milk drain by gravity (no use of plunger!) is quick – and the result is instantly satisfied lamb. It’s mum is being very very calm and co-operative, and though the lamb is not yet sucking, it is alive, growing, and we have hope that it will turn out well.

  5. J > Second lamb is very small and needing lots of care, but her mum seems to understand we’re helping, and is letting me milk her and feed her little one. Hopefully we’ll get Tiny firing on all cylinders, and then she’ll be going for the milk herself.

  6. I seem to be reading your posts in the wrong order but never mind 🙂 What a busy and exciting time you’re having! I do hope you’re able to keep both mother and baby healthy and productive. Keep us updated please!

  7. Oh, this one made me cry! That poor mama–what a lot she went through. I’m relieved you found her soon enough to save the second lamb and that you both care enough to try and make things right!

  8. Hope the little one is OK. I like the idea of the syringe and keeping the little one with the mum. I have tube fed a few of our lambs, but each time I really worry about putting it in the wrong way. Our Jacobs are generally OK lambing alone (but we have had at least one tricky situation a year), but I have been thinking of getting hebridean sheep for a while and now knowing that the give birth so easily might just push me to change sheep breed.

  9. D > We have tube-fed in previous years, but we’ve always found it extremely difficult to be sure the tube is going down the correct way, and last year we inadvertently killed a weak lamb because of that. We’ve lost confidence in using the tube. It would be good to have a good demonstration and guidance from someone who really knows how to do it.

  10. Farm life can have such wonderful joys and terrible terrible lows. I Love your new little one, though.

  11. Do you ever tube feed the weak ones? It’s amazing, and sometimes it only takes one time to get their engines up and really running! (I hate doing it, but it’s amazing!)

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