Day 2: There was a lot less screaming today. They all went calmly into the stall for haltering and only a few pitched a fit when they were actually caught.
Most are still only picking at their grain, but that should change as they get used to the new routine.
Bonus of this plan is that I’ll have easy to catch/handle sheep that are also halter trained! My sheep are normally pretty easy, but they’re extra spooky/styling as yearlings (usually calming down after lambing) if they haven’t had extra work done.
I’ve already been pulling Bruno and Stanley out for their feed since bringing them back from NAILE on Wednesday so they’re already getting the hang of things.
Since Bruno has been shown a bunch, you can walk right up to him in the pen. Stanley is not friendly. He is very jumpy and skittish and does not like to be caught so I didn’t bother trying to catch him this morning when I caught Bruno. I was going to go back and put a bit of grain out for the rest of the boys and try to sneak up on Stanley, HOWEVER, Stanley has figured out the routine and he followed me and Bruno to the gate and came out on his own. It was kind of cute really. I was able to easily corner him in the barn and get his halter on.
Day 3: 6 out of 10 ewe lambs allowed me to catch and halter them without much fuss. The last 4 gave me trouble but that was mainly because of 1 lamb, Pamina. She is quickly making it onto the bad list. They all ate a lot more of their feed. I gave Lisle too much slack so when she finished her serving, she reached over and started on Lizzie’s. 🤣
Day 4: The girls (except Pamina) didn’t give me too much trouble with catching. A few of them still aren’t eating much of their grain, but most of them ate most of it and a few ate it all (and tried to steal their neighbors).
Day 5: Everyone was pretty easy to catch, even Pamina. 2 of the smaller girls didn’t finish their grain, but everyone else cleaned up most/all of their bowls.
My day did not go according to plan. I was supposed to cook the turkey in preparation for our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday since I work tomorrow.
I was exhausted from work Monday (I covered the entire hospital by myself) and Tuesday (just a busy day) so I slept in a bit. And then I remembered I had to get my allergy shots which I skipped last week because I was sick. I went off to town to do that and I had to make a quick non-Thanksgiving related grocery store stop which was a bad idea.
I finally got home and was getting ready to put the turkey in the oven, but was cooking something for dinner at work tomorrow first, when I went to pull something out a cabinet and sliced my finger on a food processor blade that wasn’t where it was supposed to be.
It’s a deep cut and bled a lot. I ended up going to the ED for stitches. Only 2 stitches, but it’s on my pointer finger knuckle so glue wasn’t going to cut it.
I had to get a tetanus shot too. I was overdue for one anyway, but I’d been putting it off because last time I got one, I got very sick from it. I talked to a pharmacist recently who recommended getting one that was tetanus only or one that didn’t have pertussis included because that’s what most people have issues with. Thankfully, they were able to get me a dose of tetanus only.
My finger is still a bit numb from everything and I suspect it’s going to very purple in the morning.
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m off to work in a couple hours. The finger is really sore this morning. Work is going to be a challenge
Day 6: Everyone, even Pamina, was easy to catch. Poor Stanley didn’t get fed his grain yesterday. He was staring at girls through the fence and it was dark and damp and I didn’t feel like trying to catch him with my bum finger. He was in the barn fussing at me this morning and came right out the gate for his breakfast.
Day 7 and 8: They’re all settling into the routine. I didn’t have to go into the ram pen to catch Bruno this morning. He came bouncing up himself when I called. Why are the boys so cute?
We had our Thanksgiving dinner last night. I always feel like I’m just winging it with the turkey and I’m always a little surprised when it turns out nicely. This year’s turkey was exceptional. I brined it for almost 24hrs. Since the turkey was in pieces, I was worried that was going to be too long and meant to take it out when I got home from work, but I got home late and didn’t remember until after I was in bed so I just left it.
Even my BIL who claims to dislike turkey went back for more and said it was the best turkey he’s ever had.
The finger is ok. I was told not to bend it too much so I’ve kept it wrapped up so I can’t bend it. That’s probably helped with the pain. Stitches can come out anytime after Wednesday.
Twist is freaking me out. In a good way, but still freaks me out. I’ve had this dog since he was 8 weeks old and I have always struggled to get him to eat. It’s not even that he’s super picky, he just has no interest in most food. He’s also stressy about his food. He doesn’t like eating with other dogs (except Hazel) staring at him. He won’t eat in new environments. He prefers to eat in his kennel or on the back deck.
He lost a lot of weight (because he refused to eat) while we were in VT so when we got back, I made a big batch of satin balls and he got 2/day added to his kibble. He started eating better. We ran out of satin balls a few weeks ago and I was prepared to make a new batch to keep him eating, but he continued eating with just an egg mixed in.
Now suddenly he’s started demanding his food every day. Like follows me around moaning until I feed him. I'm pleased he’s eating, but it’s so disconcerting to have him actually wanting to eat after 3 years of fighting.