without parole. Or maybe death by electrocution? Meet Watson the ram from hell. He is almost two years old and has been the sweetest most calm laid back ram until about a month ago. This is when he decided he had to go back in with the ewes. He started by getting threw gates so I went to town and bought chain to fasten all the gates between him and the ewe's.
So the next plan of attack was to get him in a smaller pen without field fence and all livestock panels. This would keep him out of the field with the other boys. My only other pen like this is right next to the ewe's but he could not go over the fence or uproot t-posts. To stop him from bashing the panels I set up some electric fencing about one foot off the ground. After I set up all the hot wire I walked down the hill to plug in the charger. BAM he hit the fence before I could get the charger on and broke the electric line. Back up the hill I went to fix the wire and I ran to the barn to get the charger on. Yes! back up the hill I went, but wait why is Watson laying on the ground? His body was pulsating every two seconds like short seizures. Sh#t his horn was caught in the electric wire. Run back to the barn to unplug the fence. I have to admit as I ran back down the hill I thought I might have killed him and was relieved that all this crap was over. Fear not Watson is fine and I have finally won this battle. Watson is still in his new home (three days now and has not settled down yet) and has learned to stay about 10 feet away from all fences with electric wire! The ewe's don't bother him because as they poke their cute little noses threw the fence they get zapped too. As much as I hate electric wire I could not have stopped Watson without it!
I bought more insulators for the electric fence to go along the field wire I've fixed and hope to keep him in with the other boys so he can go out a graze in their field. Not for awhile though I'm scared to death this will all start over again.
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