This is what makes my heart sing.
This little lady isn’t an orphan, she’s a quad. And as any mom of multiples can attest, keeping several mouths fed at once can be quite the task. Add to that the facts that she was born in Fairbanks and I wanted her for my farm in Palmer. So the decision was made to put this baby on a bottle.
Bottle feeding lambs is a labor of love. They start with several small feedings every day and all through the night, then progress to 4 – 10 oz meals and eventually 3 – 16 oz feedings until they start eating solid foods at about 3 weeks. The 4th week stays at that level or less so there is more time to eat hay and lamb feed and after day 30 formula stops altogether and solid foods are all she gets.
For now she is still getting bottles and boy is she happy about it. As a lamb nurses their tail wags when they get milk. It’s a great way to tell if they are latching onto mom since that’s a hard angle to see clearly and an adorable side affect of bottle feeding.
Click here to see Minnie’s evening bottle
I’m so lucky I get to come home after a hard day’s work and spend time in the barn with all my critters.