Saturday May 22nd was a bad day here for myself and the sheep. I went out in the morning to find Oma in with the rams??? No way would she want in there. Then as I was getting Oma in the right pen Stevie and Pepper were crying and looking for their lambs. Not uncommon but then I couldn't find Peppers ram lamb and Stevie little ewe either. Peppers twins and Stevie's ewe lamb were good buddy's and stayed together almost all the time. On further investigation the fence by the gate to the inner field was bowed in so far that it detached from one t-post. Bella had blood on her side and her ram lamb had a bloody neck? Oh no!
After I caught Bella's ram he was OK but had knocked his horn almost all the way off getting blood on his neck and his Mom's side and still no sign of the other two lambs. Something big happened here and not that long before I got out at 8:00 in the morning.
Every morning now before the sheep can go out on the hill I bring my own jar of "marker" and continue to let the coyotes know this is our property "Stay Out". Almost twenty acres of fence line and straight up and down a mountain every morning makes a fit shepherdess. Jake won't even come up with Jo Beth and me any more. He sits with the flock, midway up the hill. So far no coyotes have even tried to dig again anywhere along the fence so this works wooo hooo and I made an appointment with a llama to come stay and hopefully bond with the sheep!! Toni a neat lady and friend rescues llamas so we should be able to find the right guardian.
Till then it's up the mountain again. This is Mijo the "friendly" lamb. A few days ago I had the yearly T-party. All little rams were banded and all ewe lambs were tattooed. It only took Mijo a few hours and he was back to his friendly little self. Everyone of the rams, six to eight weeks old, did great and were out grazing with their Mom's in just a short while. Glad that is over!
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