When you buy a baby lamb, one of the things to consider is whether to buy an orphaned lamb or a lamb that is being sold by a rancher/ farmer for profit. Everyone has their own opinions on adopting from a shelter or rescue organization. Some agree with it and some would rather not deal with the whole issue and would rather go through a seller. Whichever your decision, you will need to make a choice in order to find the person who will provide you with your lamb.
- Once you've decided how you will obtain your lamb, find a local rancher or farmer who has lambs available. It's important to go through a local person, so you will have a contact if you have questions, as well as having the opportunity to visit the farm before you adopt your lamb.
- Set up a secure enclosure for your lamb. Remember, lambs grow quickly, and you do not want your lamb to escape and risk injury or death. Make sure your enclosure has a structure for protection from predators and the elements (if you live in a cold-weather area). Provide lots of hay and some old towels or blankets to keep your lamb warm during the cold or wet weather.
- When you first get your lamb, you might have to play "mommy" for a little while. To do this, you will have to be available to feed your lamb at regular (frequent) intervals. So, consider the time of year you would like to adopt and make sure it fits in with the lamb's needs for nourishment. To make the lamb's milk replacer in a bottle. It comes in a powder, so you will have to mix water in with it. Most lambs are hungry little eaters. Just introduce the bottle to the lamb's mouth and he will begin eating. If you get a lamb that somehow has become confused about bottle feeding, or is a little reluctant, squeeze the bottle to give the lamb a little milk. He should get the idea and start sucking.
- Get ready to help your lamb "potty" (or "void", as it's referred to in the farming world)! Every time your lamb eats, you will need to help him successfully void. Do this by gently rubbing your lamb's genitals with a warm washcloth.
- Don't forget to wash your lamb's bottles in warm, soapy water after each feeding.
- Take your lamb to the vet for regular check-ups and continue to monitor him for any health issues or concerns. Taking time to be with your lamb each day will reduce the number of health problems that tend to creep up and develop into greater issues over time.