Less energetic than the rest, she sometimes stands with her back hunched up. I asked our breeder and she suggested I try a bottle to see if she would go for it. She did.
Seems strange that Zinnia is a single lamb and her momma, Izzy, doesn't produce enough for her. She hasn't had this problem before. I was told that it could be caused by the drought last summer. Hay has been very scarce and good hay almost non-existent here in Oklahoma. As a result lots of animals are eating junk hay. They are calling it prarie hay but really they have stripped every field around no matter what was growing there and sold it for a fortune! Our sheep have been the recipents of some of this poor quality hay for lack of a better option. We have tried to offset the lack of nutrition with grain but apparently that may not have been enough. A vet here told our breeder that lots of mares don't have enough milk for their foals this spring. Our lamb was the first sheep she heard about with this problem. What you feed a farm animal does affect their overall health but we didn't see this one coming.
And it is early but it's spring here! Shoots of green bermuda grass are popping up all over the farm. I can't tell you how happy we are about that!
There is a good side to bottle feeding. It sure makes a lamb want to cuddle up to you! We love that. Hopefully she will start gaining. This evening we saw her stand up and do a big s-t-r-e-t-c-h.
That's a good sign. :)