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3-6 month old lambs are walking on their front knees with legs

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3-6 month old lambs are walking on their front knees with legs underneath some with their elbows out walking on their ankles with hooves tucked up others one front leg normal other front leg affected as above, it is also possible that the pregnant sheep ate jypsen in the paddock shortly after it was spread out. I think that they were born like this because little ones with cord still attached with same problem about 10 out of 150 or so.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. MD Stafford replied 7 years ago.
If they are not walking on the their legs at all it is usually from sore feet or joints. Check their feet well for signs of foot rot. If they are walking normally just getting down on their knees to eat this can be normal behavior for young sheep.

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