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'Chastity belt' for a ram?

Discussion in 'Everything Else Sheep' started by Iceblink, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Feb 11, 2010
    Iceblink

    Iceblink Exploring the pasture

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    I'd like to let my ram lamb graze with my 2 ewes this summer, but I don't want them bred until late fall. He's a bottle baby, so he's inside at this point, and I know it will be a few months before he'll be mature enough to breed anyway, but at that point I'd like to not have to separate him.

    Does anyone use anything to keep their rams from breeding until the right time?
     
  2. Feb 11, 2010
    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    Most people use a separate pen for them.
     
  3. Feb 11, 2010
    jhm47

    jhm47 Loving the herd life

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    What breed are they? There are quite a few breeds that only breed when the daylength is getting shorter. However, there are some breeds that will breed at any time of year.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2010
    Iceblink

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    Ram is Dorper/Katahdin, ewes are Dorper and ShetlandX.

    KS - I will pen him separately if I have to, but I was hoping there would be some other way.
     
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    jhm47

    jhm47 Loving the herd life

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    I am not familiar with those breeds. Perhaps someone else who is will be able to advise on their breeding tendencies.
     
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    aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie The Shepherd

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    If it were me, I might graze them together until he was about 5 months old, and then separate them. Unless he's unusually large, then I may separate them earlier. You'd be surprised what "little" rams can reach to breed. ;)
     
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    Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYH Addict

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    I'd keep them separate...the hair breeds are known to mature early and the gals are pretty hot to trot every month of the year. Don't want to have a too early breeding on your hands and ruin a good ewe.

    It's also good if you can keep them VERY separate, as the ram will walk himself silly along that fence line and it's pretty pitiful to watch.

    I know sheep do better when they have a companion and, if you have the room, some folks keep a wether in with the ram for this purpose.
     
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    Iceblink

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    The ewes are old enough to breed at any time. I don't have a whole lot of room, that's why I was trying to find a way to keep them together.

    Has anyone kept a ram and a buck together? Would they just fight all the time?
     
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    tree4yew

    tree4yew Herd lurker

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    I don't know the answer but came across your post because I was considering the same thing with my sheep. I like the chastity belt idea. It doesn't make sense to keep the rams separate and is not ideal for my vision either. I move the sheep everyday for weed abatement. I'd love to have a ram involved to see the dynamics and have him grazing good quality feed along with the others. The issue I see with the chastity belt for sheep/goats is how the Billy goats like to pee on their beards and the chastity belt would likely not accommodate that, but would have to allow urinating in some way.
     
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    Roving Jacobs

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    An old, old thread but I used a homemade "olor" for a goat buck based on what people use in Africa to prevent goat kids in the dry season. I just attached a piece of tarp to a dog harness with some zip ties. He didn't get anyone bred when wearing it but he was young and not the brightest buck ever so I can't guarantee it would work for everyone. If it's not the end of the world if some ewes get bred accidentally it might be worth a try.

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