Feeding a Poddy lamb

by Annie Smith
(Pambula NSW Australia)

Terry Lamb 5 days old (we think)

Terry Lamb 5 days old (we think)

We found a 2 day old lamb on a neighbouring property late one evening while walking our dog.

After many unsuccessful attempts at finding his mother we took him home. We have been feeding him Di-Vetelact but he refused to take the bottle. The only way he'll drink is from a small bowl. He gobbles it up and now at 1 week old seems to be doing well.

We are taking him to the vet this week for a check up but I'm wondering if feeding him this way will eventually harm him. He also has a weeping eye and we've be trying to roll his eyelid out with not much success, again we'll get the vet to look at it.

We don't have any sheep of our own and wondering what to do when we're at work and have to leave him in our yard with our 11 year old Kelpie.

Annie, reading your story about your poddy lamb made me think of a couple of things. Firstly, I was wondering if he is getting enough milk by drinking from the bowl. This would be my main concern.

It would be better if you persevered with bottle feeding him There are a number of ways to get poddy lambs to be fed from a bottle. The first is that he needs to have a lamb teat rather than any other rubber teat. The lamb's teat is long and thin, and the right teat to use.

The other issue is that the milk should be at blood temperature, therefore not too hot, and not too cold.

Finally, to get your poddy lamb to feed, put a little honey on the end of the teat. This usually works like a treat and you only need to do this a couple of times before they cotton on the connection between the two.

With using Di-Vetelact, after a week you should move from Dilution A to Dilution B to make sure that the lamb is getting the right strength of formula. The ration should now be 1 scoop of Di-Vetelact to 40 ml of water.

Lambs this young need to be fed around the clock, every 3 hours for 6 feeds a day so if you are not going to be there during the day, you will need to find someone to help out with the feeding routine. It really is just like having a human baby! If you don't your lamb will deteriorate in health because it won't be getting enough to eat.

Good luck with your lamb, and I am glad that you are taking him to the vet as you will be able to get more expert advice for his care.


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Aug 09, 2012
Feeding a Poddy Lamb
by: Annie

Hi again Kathryn,
Would like to give you the latest update on Terry.

He is now 4 weeks old and seemed to be going very well until this morning, when we noticed he has a bad case of the scours. l have been trying to up his Di Vetelact to formula B gradually but just don't seem to be able to get there.

He seems to be grazing quite well and we've been feeding him a very small amount of lamb pellets to help his rumen develop.

Just over a week ago we had his tail and little sack ringed.

His poor bottom and tail are covered in poo and l have a very hard time trying to keep it clean so l can comfortably have him in the house.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Hi Annie

Glad to hear that Terry is now 4 weeks old, but of course having scours was always a major concern.

You really need to knock this on the head because if you don't you will run the risk of losing your lamb.

Here is a recipe for scours:

Homemade Scours Treatment:

You will need to mix 1 teaspoon of powdered Slippery Elm in a 1/4 cup of water. Shake this up and then make this up for Terry 3 times a day.

You will see an improvement by the second day and by the third day or fourth day the scours should have disappeared.

If it doesn't look as if you are winning you must contact your vet again.

Slippery Elm powder can be found in most health shops and herbalist stores.

Looking forward to hearing some positive news the next time you write.

All the best!
Countryfarm Lifestyles

Jul 17, 2012
Terry the Lamb
by: Annie

Thanks for the advice Kathryn, all seems to be going very well and he's putting on weight.


That's excellent news Annie. All the best and keep us to date with his progress.


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