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"...I been this way since 1956"

Posted 4/6/2010 8:47pm by Eugene Wyatt.

How 120 broke her leg, we don't know.  At birth her mother wouldn't accept her; maybe it happened when 120 was butted away in the jug.  The ewe was a first time mother and was so crazed that to help calm her I gave her 1 cc of Oxytocin which among other things* assists maternal behaviors and is sometimes called a "love potion" because it facilitates relationships.  After the injection the ewe  slowly became caring and finally let her lamb to the teat. 

Baby was saved.

But in the yard several days after her birth, I noticed 120 limping along on 3 legs and picked her up to find a broken leg.

It had to be set. 

I wrapped the leg in one of our knit wool hats that we found laying around the shepherd's room, cut two splints from oak and wrapped everything tightly with duct tape.  I gave the lamb 1/2 cc of Banamine, an analgesic, and put her on 1/4 cc of penicillin a day for a week.

120 is doing well, getting fat on mama's milk and peg-legging around like she's looking for a white whale; when she can put weight on the leg, in 2-3 weeks, we will cut the splint off.

*Oxytocin is a hormone active in female reproduction. Recent studies have begun to investigate it's role in various behaviors, including orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, trust, love, and maternal behaviors...from Wikipedia.  Generally, I have Oxytocin on hand at lambing to assist milk let down in recently lambed ewes that are dry.