While not technically a 'child', Flora - my sweet-natured, old lady ewe (11) - has been challenged since she arrived on the farm. She arrived with respiratory issues which come and go. She had pneumonia. The first time she lambed (here), she didn't lose the placenta and developed an infection. She is prone to worms. She gets a runny nose and wheezes every so often. But she is the SWEETEST sheep. I love her to pieces. I now have Flora, her daughter, Juno, and her grandson, Linden (who inherited her good nature). Since I have limited 'pasture', I try to rotate them on the three fenced areas, plus on the rest of the cleared space in electronet when there's grass. That's been a problem this year - between the drought conditions and high heat, there has been little grass. I have plenty of hay for them, but the warm conditions cause all kinds of other bad conditions - like high worm load. I worm them on a rotation, but don't like to overdo it. And I keep an especially sharp eye on the old lady. However, yesterday, as I was toting their hay to the shed, the sun shone on Flora and I noticed a slight bulge under her jaw. ACK!
I did some fast research (and called Kay) and she's now on a regimen of Cydectin - we figure it's barberpole worm - and I'm giving her Red Cell (for iron/minerals) and Selenium/E. They have free feed loose minerals in the shed, and I give them organic dried kelp meal once a week. I think I will have to be more diligent in cleaning up the paddock area, but it's a little harder with sheep as opposed to, say, cows. Now that I know we are dealing with the dreaded Haemonchus Contortus (now there's an apt description), I am going to dose the entire gang with Cydectin.