Persimmon twist

(Warning:  Graphic sheep picture at the end of this post!)

It’s always something.  I don’t know who said that, but it’s true, especially if you are dealing with animals.  Monday morning I went out to feed the sheep and one of our crossbred ewes,

Persimmon at the feeder. She doesn't look too unhappy

Persimmon, (who is a tank on 4 legs) had a little mucous drip from her hind end.  I scrambled back to the house to look at my records, thinking, she can’t be going into labor yet!  She is the number one ewe who is due on March 4, but they were nowhere near the rams until the day they went in with Mr. Big.  So, this could turn out to be a problem.  Hmmm.  Never run into this before.  Hoping she isn’t going to lose her lambs.

I decided to wait for a few hours and go back up and check on her, and saw something a little disconcerting.  Something was definitely peeking out, but it wasn’t a lamb.  I have never seen a prolapse before, but I figured I was seeing one now.  Luckily for us, our friend Pam of Hatchtown Farm has a prolapse harness.  She came over later in the day and we cleaned the protrusion, got it back in, and trussed her up like a Christmas goose!  Apparently the point of the harness is to hold the protrusion in and also to prevent her from being able to push and strain.  So the harness keeps her in a slightly humped up stance.  Not very comfortable, most likely, but not the worst thing in the world either.  We have her on an anti-infammatory and some penicillin.  But she definitely is not my best friend right now.  When I went out this morning, she made sure to stay on the other side of the feeder.

Persimmon's working end with the harness holding everything in place
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