This is sort of a new one on me. I have a lamb born May 17 a.m. It started to get a little slow May 18 midday, and by evening was slightly chilled and hollowed up. Checked the dam and found mastitis -- milk so chunky I couldn't even strip her out. I brought the lamb home, warmed it from 97.9 to 101.8, and gave it a tube of milk replacer.
This morning it had crapped and was standing, temp is 102.2. I consider all these good signs. But it has no interest in sucking, and is making no sound at all (this latter is sort of okay with me, except that I know it's not right). He's hollowed up, but not dehydrated. Breath sounds are good, heart sounds strong. He's a little droopy all over, but his ears are not cold to the touch.
The lack of sucking seems like more than just nipple confusion. He just lets the warm milk replacer dribble out of his mouth. I can keep feeding by tube for now, but obviously that's not a long-term solution. I believe he got colostrum, as he was full and active at evening checks on the 17th.
Is it possible that he has a touch of whatever bug is in his mother's udder? Anyone have any experience with a lamb like this?