I’m sitting on my bed at 8pm, just having had a shower and feeling exhausted. Today was an unplanned day off work and I expected to take it reasonably easy, but that wasn’t to be the case.
We had a gale today, probably 60mph gusts throughout the afternoon, with strong wind and heavy rain all day.
The ground is totally soaked after relentless rain and is really tough on livestock
Yesterday, I got a load of big bales delivered, so I took the tractor out for the first time in 2015 and moved the bales to the appropriate fields. All was going smoothly until the tractor got stuck in reverse! Not one to give up when I’m in a working mood, I finished job while drivinng backwards.
Next, I checked the livestock. One ewe, scanned for twins, was on her back, and had probably been so for several hours. I righted her and took her out to my parents barn. I noticed a wee bit of blood round her rear, so I phoned the vet to be safe.
The vet gave her the usual injections but also left me some pen & strep to administer over the next few days.
Fortunately, the blood around the rear was a peck or two by a crow, and not the beginning of her aborting, as I had initially feared. I had hoped it was a peck, but you always fear the worst!
When he inserted the digital thermometer into her, she was so cold it didn’t get a reading. Looks like I got to her in time. She had a heater beside her for most of the afternoon and was eating when I checked her around 7.
While the vet was leaving, I noticed 2 hens, who were standing around looking very sorry for themselves. They were outwith the hen enclosure and totally soaked. They were so cold, they couldn’t move and didn’t look like they’d last long.
I took both out to my mother and we both sat in front of the fire, drying them and trying to warm them up. I left them with my mother and went to feed the sheep. When I came back, I was SHOCKED at what I saw.
I’m so surprised at how well, and quickly, they’ve recovered. They’re in the barn tonight and will be back in the hen house tomorrow.
That’s not it though, there was also a recently-acquired lamb that was suffering from exposure too. It spent the day between a heater and a heat lamp! It too will be kept inside for a few days.
Predictions then are then that hens are fine, the lamb should be ok but I’m worried about the ewe. She’ll need some TLC.