Loving the herd life
- May 11, 2017
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- Sonoma County, California
Perfect! Thanks so much! I have chickens and used to have bunnies so I have learned about no abrupt diet changes. So I think I will get some of that Sheep Keeper stuff, it has alfalfa and grain in it, hopefully they think it’s a treat - and their tummies are definitely used to it.If you don't mind the sheep pellets, then there is plenty of room for the sheep. I have a 2001 outback and would not have any considerations to bring home 3 lambs. I have brought home 3 newborn holstein bull calves in it....The sheep would most likely not even think about trying to get through that small a spot. Especially with 3, they have each other for company.
Going to just a grass hay would be fine. At 5 months they have much of their growth so not like you are going to be stunting them. Feed a little grain, just a very little, for the first few days to help them acclimate to their new "quarters". Then you might want to just feed a handful once or twice a week to keep them coming to you calling them... keep them friendlier. You want to give them something when you call them... some sort of a treat or reward for doing as you want them. With our cattle, we always give them something when we call them.... buckets are GREAT motivators.... after a week or so where they can get some grass, they should be fine with just grass. You will have less problems with too abrupt changes in their manure which is an indication of a sudden change in diet.
Just like you should not go from eating all solid type meals to eating all fruit.... gradual over a week or so will be much kinder. The gut bacteria will adjust with more gradual change over...
I trained my chickens to come when called - I can do the same for the sheep. Yes, treats every time is the key! with the chickens I just started by throwing seeds while calling „put put put“ (that’s how we call chickens in German ). They are rock solid now and newcomers learn from the older ones...
One more thing - I need to take them to their night time shelter in the barn every night, and then back to their pasture in the morning. Should I get halters or collars? I figure leading them might be less stressful than being driven? Maybe just for me!