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Fri Mar 9, 2018, 07:25 AM

Dog licks frozen newborn lamb back to life:

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-wales-43271728/new-born-lamb-licked-back-to-life-by-pet-dog

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Reply Dog licks frozen newborn lamb back to life: (Original post)
tblue37 Mar 2018 OP
Arkansas Granny Mar 2018 #1
Farmer-Rick Mar 2018 #2
TeapotInATempest Mar 2018 #3
Vilis Veritas Mar 2018 #5
Farmer-Rick Mar 2018 #6
Vilis Veritas Mar 2018 #4
Farmer-Rick Mar 2018 #7
Vilis Veritas Mar 2018 #9
Farmer-Rick Mar 2018 #14
tblue37 Mar 2018 #16
tblue37 Mar 2018 #10
Duppers Mar 2018 #8
tblue37 Mar 2018 #11
Duppers Mar 2018 #12
gristy Mar 2018 #13
Farmer-Rick Mar 2018 #15
Judi Lynn Mar 2018 #17

Response to tblue37 (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 07:50 AM

1. It's amazing how resilient baby animals can be.

When I was a kid, we raised rabbits. We would sometimes find a baby bunny that had been dragged out of the nest box and frozen stiff on the wire floor of the hutch (we called them bunnysicles). Over half the time we could revive them by warming them up and returning them to their mother.

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Response to tblue37 (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 09:35 AM

2. Oh wow

My Anatolian Shepard is our Livestock Guardian Dog for our sheep. She has to be right in there when the lambs are born. I frequently have to lock her out so that ewes can tend to their lambs.

One year, thinking I had figured out how to know when a ewe would lamb, I left them out in the cold night. I usually lock them in the barn when they get close to lambing. In fact 2 ewes with their lambs were in the barn already. Sunrise, I was out on a cold morning and noticed the LGD was licking something. And a ewe next to her was squating ready to birth another lamb. They seemed to have worked out a system. Mom would drop the lamb lick it for awhile then move a lttle bit away and drop another lamb. The LGD would finish cleaning up the lambs and lay next to it as mom had the next one. She had 3 lambs and took good care of all of them.

When all the lambs were up, I picked them up and carried them to the barn. The 2 mothers followed close behind. When I lay the lambs in the straw you could just see how much more comfortable they were out of the wind and cold. I forced the LGD out of the jug so mom and lambs could be together. She laid outside their jug, protecting them, for 2 days. I think the ewe would have lost one or 2 of the lambs if the LGD hadn't helped out that very cold morning.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 09:52 AM

3. What a sweet story. :)

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 09:58 AM

5. Wonderful dog. A friend suggested I get a LGD for my new flock.

He says his dogs watch out for his flock of chickens and bring them back in at night...lol.

Peace

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Response to Vilis Veritas (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 11:03 AM

6. Good idea

LGD are really a life saver when it comes to protecting your animals.

But remember, if you get one as an untrained puppy, you still need to train it if you don't have other LGDs to train it.

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Response to tblue37 (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 09:56 AM

4. The dog knew the lamb was alive.

Animals can sense these things. All my life I have seen proof of their compassion for other animals in crisis, even cross species.

Babies are resilient. I got some Rouen ducklings in January by mail order. They all arrived fine but it was very cold, so I moved the brooder indoors, but still one of them was not doing well. By the third day she was not drinking water on her own, she gave up.

I started therapy and massaged the crop and belly area and started a warm water bath to let her be a duck in my bathtub for her last hours. As soon as she hit the water, she did a little dance, pooped and began to dart around, diving under and swimming very fast, and drinking lots of water. I was amazed at the energy as I thought it was going to die, just moments earlier.

It was a duck, it wanted water. Lots of water. She made a full recovery and is still the best diver duck I have.

8 weeks later and they are all in my pond, happy.

She still looks at me and will let me rub her bill and scratch her head and neck if I have a treat, but for the most part the others are Ducks Gone Wild...lol

Peace.

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Response to Vilis Veritas (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 11:10 AM

7. Wow, how wonderful

She just needed a lot of water.

I know when I get baby chicks in the mail, I save every last one of the 25 little fluff balls. But my neighbor usually loses about 10% of hers. It maybe where we buy them from though.

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Response to Farmer-Rick (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 02:02 PM

9. Ducks are wonderful, little Pond Puppies that never grow up.

There are some mail order poultry places out there that are nothing more than mills for the big box suppliers like TSC and others.

I order from small suppliers to get good stock and it works well.

And like you, I have not lost a duckling ever...this last one almost got me, but I was diligent and never gave up, I think a lot of owners let nature take its course and never intervene, when in reality a brooder is not natural and therefore the brood keeper needs to be a mother and try something if they begin to wither, don't just sit there and let them die, when the reason may be as easy as giving them a bath, or isolation from the others, or vetricyn on a small cut...etc.

After she bounced back, I gave them all some watermelon...forgive the music, my nephew made the video.


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Response to Vilis Veritas (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 09:05 AM

14. That is so cute

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Response to Vilis Veritas (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 11:21 AM

16. Very cute. So excited they could barely even focus on getting to the food they were

so excited about!

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Response to Vilis Veritas (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:02 PM

10. Alive and dead would smell different to a dog. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 12:21 PM

8. Livestock Dogs are the best...

*** "Livestock Guardian Dogs: Working on Common Ground" on YouTube





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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:10 PM

11. Thanks for that video! nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 9, 2018, 03:34 PM

12. You're most welcome, blue. nt

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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 12:45 AM

13. Wonderful!

Watched the whole thing with a smile on my face.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 09:12 AM

15. He certainly has some woolies

I wonder how good his market for wool is? He's got some nice pasture there.

I raise hair sheep mostly Katahdin because the wool market in the US is pretty sad.

His LGD are handsome and brave.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 14, 2018, 02:27 AM

17. Magnificent furry beings. Who would not respect them entirely? Hope they are well rewarded, somehow.

Thank you for the chance to see these amazing creatures.

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