Originally Posted by disastercupcake
Thinking about getting a lamb this year to put some extra meat in the freezer. We have 3 horses that the lamb might be with, but most likely he'll be by himself with about 5 chickens and 6 ducks for company...
Would you recommend getting one lamb or at least 2? First time sheep owner, btw
recommend keeping a lamb alone, ever. They are herd animals and need a similar herd animal in order for their needs to be met. A herd animal kept alone will do poorly. They stress when they are kept alone. As you can imagine, stress can lead to many negative problems, as a stressed lamb will be more susceptible to disease, for example.
Chickens and ducks do not count as a herd for a lamb or goat. They don't view the lamb as part of the flock, and the lamb won't recognize them as part of the herd. They can exist in the same place, oftentimes (my chickens fly over the fences to scratch around in fallen hay), but are too dissimilar. Also, how would you keep the lamb out of the chicken feed? Gorging on chicken feed would likely be a death sentence via a condition called bloat.
So that means, you'd need to house your lambs separately from the fowl, in their own pasture with their own shelter.
I am not trying to sound mean or harsh. And I am SO GLAD you are doing your research before bringing any animal home. What I am trying to say is to get two, and to keep them in their own pen.
Be careful with the lamb/s around horses as well. Some horses are OK with sheep or goats. Others will kill them with no hesitation.