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|ewe52me||Posted 06/29/12 04:27PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Boy its hot lambs are very hot I have fans on them. My question is - in the heat of the day is better or worse to wash them just to keep them cool?|
|shae15||Posted 06/29/12 04:35PM Changed 06/29/12 04:36PM|
|Its about the same temp. here. Mine have about a month of wool on them. I tried in the past to rinse them and it didn't do much good unless they were slick sheared. However, I do spray off their faces since there isn't much wool there. I keep them blanketed under fans. I've found the best thing is to keep their water cool at all times. Their breathing a little hard today but none has a tongue hanging out. |
|texasgurl94||Posted 06/29/12 05:30PM Changed 06/29/12 05:41PM|
|r2jhurst||Posted 06/29/12 06:15PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|I live in the southwest desert and will wet the lambs/sheep 1st thing in the morning, at nootime & in the evening to help keep them feeling alittle comfortable. they will move right in front of the fans. I also give electro's in the water.|
|ewe52me||Posted 06/29/12 09:30PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|What kind of electrolite's do you use?|
|texasgurl||Posted 06/29/12 09:34PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|I have been wetting down my lambs at lunch time and in the evening if they are too hot but just wetting their tummies and legs ...they run to the water to get sprayed down and I wet their pens down too which keeps it cooler. also fans have been running. I won't get into the subject of blanketing b/c it seems to cause a little too much controversy as you might see on my other post!! lol
also keep their water cool and fresh and clean!!
|r2jhurst||Posted 07/01/12 01:27AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|I get something from the feed store that is cleared for the sheep & chickens, nothing special & and add it to the water. We wet feed the show lambs and add it to the feed during that time.|
|lambmom101||Posted 07/02/12 10:51PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Now I dont know if the heat was the main factor in this but a couple of days ago a friend of ours sheared his lambs and when they were rinsing of 1 lamb he started to shake and dropped dead on the spot! Now this lamb had also had a prolapse cut off right around the same time. Also this lamb had not been sheared for quite some time and had a lot of wool. He was very hot! So I dont know if was because the lamb was not in the best health at the time and then the heat and then cold water? Now Im am not an expert at all but this happening has made me question rinsing lambs when it so hot!? We have rinsed them in the past when they have been just sheared during the week of our fair when it was very hot and they were just fine. |
|r2jhurst||Posted 07/03/12 01:18AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|too many combos/things can be the death of the lambs. you may never know for sure. sometimes you have to do what feels right to you. |
|bigiron59||Posted 07/03/12 08:05AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|I would agree. The high temps/long wool, panting contributed to the prolapse.I am not sure what you mean by "proplapse cut off" but that has killed many of them . many better ways to fix one than banding one off.They also die from high heat, and may have be in heat stroke mode, before they started to cool him down.|
|TXsheepRaiser||Posted 07/03/12 09:56AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|best thing to do is to wet the pens down and keep a fan on them.. If you are wetting the lambs down i think it would be best in the coolest parts of the day...
|KO||Posted 07/03/12 06:07PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Back when we had show lambs in the barn (a couple of years back), we wet them 3 or 4 times a day if it was during an extreme heat period. We tried to keep the wool length less than 4 weeks old. We seldom wet the pen because our lambs were on dirt. They wore loose fitting blankets 24/7.
Last year I have heard that some people kept two plastic jugs of water frozen. They rotated so that one was back in the freezer every 12 hours. They said to hang it in the pen so that they could lick the condensation off the bottle. So I guess you would have to let it set out of the freezer for a while and start melting so that their tongue would not stick to it. I thought that was a novel idea.
|r2jhurst||Posted 07/03/12 06:43PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|no freezing tongues?|
|ewe52me||Posted 07/04/12 05:46PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Thanks to all for the advice. We have been washing them at least once a day ( usally in the heat of the day) and it seems to be keeping them more comfortable. And we have been wet feeding for some time now, we usally spray the show feed mix with the hose until its the consistency of are running oatmeal we eat for breakfast. So you think i can put electrolite's right in there too?|
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