- Oct 16, 2010
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- Virginia is for Pasture Farmers!
??Chasing sheep off is ok behavior since the sheep are not flock members.
You're going to have to explain that, because it makes zero sense to me.
A bunch of sheep is a flock.
They're all her sheep. Even though she currently only lives with two.
Chasing them is never okay. Especially since she's just being hyper and stupid, no purpose to it. Purpose would be rounding sheep up to get them away from predators, but that's 100% not what she has done.
I don't like strangers. I don't want any uninvited/unscheduled people showing up.
It's so hard to talk about people-weary LGDs in the groups because everyone goes stupid between the ears & only hears "vicious, people killer, other crazed thought, blah" whatever else random nonsense they make up.
I'm getting as far away from GPs as I can. They love strangers, strangers love big, fluffy dogs. It's a loose, loose.
She's already not thrilled about my husband & stays away, just hope she learns to bark at strangers in the future instead of moving away.
Not going to respond to the rest, as I'm in a witchy mood.
The next biggest hurdle will be shearing day in early February. Might be late January, no scheduled day yet. Shearer told me to contact her in December to schedule. A stranger, naked sheep, smell & noise of clippers, a big day!
After that, lambing will be another hurdle. She won't be in with the ewes who are due any day, actively lambing nor young lambs. I'll let her meet them, depending on her behavior, I may move her back out after greeting the newborns or let her stay to watch them for a bit.
She'll continue to live with the rams full time until autumn 2021, when they get split up for breeding again. I guess by then, it'd be best to let her have access to all the groups, but keep her away from the ewe lambs out on the 20 acres. Hopefully, by autumn 2022, she can randomly go out on the 20acres with the lambs & other dog.
Last hurdle will be living with the ewes who will lamb & that whole process. I think I need to prevent her from licking them. But sometimes, they don't break the sac & can/do die...ugh, idk. Maybe just try to limit how much licking to just the face & back off once the ewe approaches.