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My one week old bottle fed lamb has stopped eating. Should I force some diluted milk replacer down him? He has a bit of scours and I gave him a little petol bismol. He has been real slow to eat for 24 hrs. I have managed to get a couple ounce in every 4-5 hours. - Sheep & Goats [Skip to Content]
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QUESTION
My one week old bottle fed lamb has stopped eating. Should I force some diluted milk replacer down him? He has a bit of scours and I gave him a little petol bismol. He has been real slow to eat for 24 hrs. I have managed to get a couple ounce in every 4-5 hours.


ANSWER

I would not dilute the milk replacer. You should continue to feed it at the strength as recommended on the label. You may have "bound" the lamb up with the amount of Pepto you gave it. Because scours have occured, check the environment for contamination, drafts and that it is warm (not hot). If scours continue, treat the lamb with antibiotics as recommended by a vet. All artifically reared lambs should be vaccinated for enterotoxemia (Clostridum perfringens types C and D) shortly after starting them on milk replacer and again 3 weeks later. Good Luck...AR Cobb







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