The ewe who got sick with what was probably a very rapid E coli infection from being born in dirt is dead now. She had a seizure and it was over.
So no baker’s dozen for us. But we have a leaping, frolicking dozen lambs remaining, 8 boys, 4 girls.
I am not going to make any predictions, I’ve learnt at least that much with sheep the last few years, but he is going in the right direction and we’re going to let him spend the day hanging out with his flock tomorrow and see how that goes.
He’s got enough energy that he’s no longer easy to grab for checking his healing progress. Which is good news.
The rest of the flock is doing ok, but we’ll try to check them later this week to see if they have anything going on. Nobody looks to have the telltale matted wet wool when I’m giving hay though, which is good. Apparently this time of year even in this climate is when flystrike is likeliest to occur, not high summer. We should be out of risk season by the next of September though. It’s getting cooler, the 50 degree nights are definitely speeding his recovery even if the 85 degree days are not exactly helping it.
No pictures, went ahead and called the vet. Husband and I had to shear/trim the infected areas where, well, flies had gotten in. DO NOT IMAGE SEARCH FOR FLY STRIKE OR FLYSTRIKE. Unless you have a strong stomach.
Apparently it happens to lambs even in cooler climates like ours. Hopefully the little guy will pull through.