I've been checking the sheep everyday like a good pretend shepherd.
One ewe has been a little bit lame on her back leg since she arrived, so with the arrival of some of the old hurdles from dads farm I decided it was time to round them up for the first time to have a closer look.
When I lived on the farm we used to get them in using a scrabbler (dirt bike to the Americans) but there's no such luxury this time.
We had to do it on foot.
I made a large pen with a line of hurdles (and the tractor) forming a funnel out into the field and then herded them along the fence line.
Our neighbours Ken and Liz came and lent a hand to get them in, along with my sister, wife and two little ones, even with all of them it still took us two attempts, but the second time they went in easy.
Hopefully they'll get a bit more used to the bucket and come with the prospect of food, but at the moment there's too much grass for them to bother with a handful of grain!
|Trimming feet - so it begins!|
I was pleased we got them in easy and also pleased that I managed to catch and roll a sheep over - I hadn't forgotten how to do it! I had forgotten how heavy sheep are and how much of a fight they put up. Once they're sat down in the hold in the picture above, they normally stay pretty still. My wife commented that they stay far stiller than our daughters when we're trying to do their nails! I trimmed a few feet and then let them go back into the field.
|The eldest daughter getting used to the sheep - she likes the lambs!|
Of course as they went out into the field I could see that I'd trimmed the wrong feet and the one was still lame! Looks like I'll be getting them in again this week!
To be honest it's not a bad thing to get them used to being rounded up and being handled.
I'm still planning on getting a few more sheep yet and building on the flock, I'm really pleased with the ewes I've got so far.
Anyone else planning on keeping sheep?