Good news! Since my last post Holly started making enough milk for both of her lambs, so her boy no longer needs any supplementation.
I really didn't want to have to wether ( castrate) this guy!
For those of you who asked why I would not want to leave him intact if he was going to be a bottle baby- ram lambs that are bottle babies, or any ram lamb that is handled too much, can become very aggressive toward humans once they hit maturity. I know, they are adorable and cute right now, but someday they will be 100+ pounds with horns and hormones. I don't handle ram lambs a lot unless I know for certain that they are going to be wethered and will go to a pet home. That is not to say that ignore the little guys all together, I will give the boys scratches under the chin if they are invited to come to me, but I do not allow them to demand attention from me. It's hard to resist snuggling those fuzzy little guys, but I know that handling them too much is setting them up for trouble down the road. If you want more information on handling rams in general, this is a good link to check out. http://www.stonehavenfarm.com/page7/toughlove.html