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  1. Skiesblue

    Chronic bloater headed for freezer camp ?

    I didn’t think about baking soda. I’ll try it. My concern is a horrible ka whoosh at the processor. I’ve heard stories about rumenal contents smelling bad, awful and nearly altering time and space (you can’t get far enough away fast enough).
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    Chronic bloater headed for freezer camp ?

    Ive got a yearling ram who bloats regularly. Not so much that he’s in danger or even uncomfortable. He was headed for the freezer in any event but is there anything I need to do to make things easier for him and for the processor? He’s normal in the morning but a bit of a zeppelin by evening.
  3. Skiesblue

    Coffee anyone ?

    They are twigs. Go figure. They build very strong structures with twigs foliage and a silk that is difficult to break or cut. I admire nature this was just a surprise.
  4. Skiesblue

    Coffee anyone ?

    I’m not sure about the bag part either. Think 1 1/2 inch caterpillar inside of this. So I dump a couple of pounds in my trash believing they are dead. Nope. Seems some aren’t only not dead but have climbed out of the trash and are, bags included, distributed all over my kitchen floor. Mostly...
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    Coffee anyone ?

    Black slime no less. Hopefully I’ve found em all. Just eeewww. Now I know why people burn them but I’m betting there’s a squick factor to that too. They probably explode or stink or run for political office.
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    Coffee anyone ?

    Normally I’m pretty laid back about creepy crawlies. Thinking these were dead I just dumped them. And left for about 30 minutes. Great googly moogly. Heck there were two on the snoozing dog. And don’t step on one. I’m skipping dinner and headed straight to happy hour.
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    Coffee anyone ?

    Never put bagworm cocoons in the kitchen trash can. :eek: Especially a couple of pounds of them.....:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
  8. Skiesblue

    Is there a breed that never needs shearing?

    My flock is a mixup of Corsican, Blackbelly and Jacob. Some qualify as Painted Desert sheep. All are in various stages of blowing out fleece. As stated above a lot of things can affect when and how they shed. All of mine lose their fleeces eventually. You will also need a guardian animal (mine...
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    Why I trust my DOGS!

    I’m probably redundant but with LGDs there will be mistakes, miscommunications and sometimes a stock fatality. Always give the dog the benefit of the doubt. Ask yourself if you missed something in the dog/flock dynamic. And remember that dogs may be trained out of bad behavior. Also the...
  10. Skiesblue

    SCORE! Sheep Handling Equipment

    Congratulations. And enjoy. This afternoon I caught 4 sheep with a crook (leg crook). I’m in my sixties. The last ewe I walked up to on the brilliantly sunny and humid afternoon- I asked her if she would consider accepting medication without a struggle as it was warm and I had mixed it with a...
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    Egg Thief - I got him this time!

    Bad tempered huh? Dang I was thinking Craigslist. ;)
  12. Skiesblue

    Newborn lamb with diarrhea

    A little Vaseline on the anus and on the tail is helpful to keep poop from clumping. The tail is delicate so be careful not to twist or bend it or scrub hard because the bones can break and the skin can be pulled off.
  13. Skiesblue

    Catahoula?

    You are not kidding.
  14. Skiesblue

    Catahoula?

    Life with Leo. “The Sun is up. Is that the Sun? I think I’ll bark at it. I’m hungry. I’m thumping the door. Why aren’t you here? I’m rattling my bowl. Are you here yet? Can I have eggs? I like eggs out of the nest. Did I say that out loud? Breakfast. Nom nom nom. Ok what do we do now? Let’s...
  15. Skiesblue

    Farewell Zoie

    I remind myself how lucky we were to have her. She was by no means perfect. Some folks were shopping for their first sheep. My husband was explaining about LGDs and how devoted they were, that they would never harm the sheep. Up walks Zoie with a foreleg in her mouth. She drops it in front of me...
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    Farewell Zoie

    Thanks everyone. I think her ashes will be ready today. Normally we bury them under a tree in the pasture but with all the heavy rain it wasn’t possible. The other dogs are getting back to normal, guarding the sheep and chickens.
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    Farewell Zoie

    She was 9. Her health was good until about 6 weeks ago. We had a good run with her but you always want a little more time.
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    Farewell Zoie

    Such a good girl. Watched everything. Was swept away by lymphoma. This is her goodbye to her second in command.
  19. Skiesblue

    A Breed Mixup/Less than truthful

    I mean this in the kindest way possible as someone who showed in obedience, LGDS will take everything you know about dogs and stand that on its head. They are not dog like in their responses to so many things. More like people. It’s a wierd, frustrating and ultimately joyously rewarding...
  20. Skiesblue

    A Breed Mixup/Less than truthful

    If she is not dangerous to him I would say let her school him. Maybe feeding in different areas to avoid conflict for now. I have a pup who was thought to have some pyr Anatolian genetics but looks and acts like a Catahoula or one of the cur hunting dogs. (He was part of a litter dumped in our...
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