Monday, March 4, 2013

Times Like These

The little lamb didn't make it through the night last night.  I started hearing some rattling in his lungs yesterday evening, and by 11 pm it was much worse.  I got up at 1 AM to check on him, and he had died.  I think he had a bad case of pneumonia and I just caught it too late for any treatment to work.  Sheep can be tricky to treat, because they wait until they're pretty sick to show signs. 

Times like these make it tough to own livestock.  When you help clean off a newborn lamb, and then 8 days later watch it waste away, it's hard on you.  It feels pretty helpless to be doing all you can do and still lose one.  It's a part of owning animals though...some are going to die and that's a fact of raising livestock.  It sure doesn't make it any easier though. 

I guess it was my turn to have a sick lamb though, because I have hardly ever had any problems with sick kids and lambs.  After having Bean abort her twins and losing this one, I'm ready for a better year! 

6 comments:

Kim said...

oh, Katie. I'm sorry.

Becky said...

I am so sorry. I know you did everything you could. This has to be such a hard part of having livestock. ((((HUGS))))

Kris said...

I am so sorry. Poor little guy. You did all you could do for him. Sometimes it just wasn't meant to be. How is the other lamb?

Momma/Deb said...

I am so very sorry hon. You are much stronger and braver than me. That's one part of the 'old' days I don't miss. You are so good with your animals and these incidents couldn't be helped hon. Like you said, you hardly ever have illness problems. I wish I was there to give you a gentle big hug and a head rub. Love you 5 muches, Momma

Jen said...

Sorry to read this Katie... hugs.

Susan said...

So heartbreaking to lose a little one. Hoping that all your troubles are behind now and you can relax and enjoy a healthy, hearty flock .

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