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I've got Blink cameras, they work great for me. Some are also set to alert me to motion (like outside the barn at night). So nice to check the cameras - especially for lambs and when the weather is bad (and staying dry and warm is appealing).
 

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I've got Blink cameras, they work great for me. Some are also set to alert me to motion (like outside the barn at night). So nice to check the cameras - especially for lambs and when the weather is bad (and staying dry and warm is appealing).
These can send motion or sound alerts, I have that turned off because otherwise I’d be getting 1,000 a day as the sheep move around.

I think I looked at the Blink cameras, but the price point on the Wyze V3 and the fact that it pans and tilts (via the app) won out.

I work 2nd shift so I can do a night check when I get home, but it’s really nice to be able to check on things from work. There were a couple times where things would have ended badly if I hadn’t been able to see what was going on.
 

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on the Wyze V3 and the fact that it pans and tilts (via the app) won out.
I WISH my cameras did that!!! DH picked them out. I think he snags them when Amazon has a sale or something. LOL on the alerts - my main gain is constant on alert - needed. The barn, corrals, stalls, and pasture are scheduled for the same reason as you. Once in a while a door isn't latched good enough and the sheep will pop out into a corral - that's saved us a few times over the years.
 

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Looked up the Wyse cams....Amazon has some discounts. The one you have 33.99 and right next to it is the 2-pk, marked down 🤔 $74.30. 😂 well, buy 2 singles and save! Gotta watch these guys 🫤

I have a set packed "somewhere" from mini horse foaling days. Even ran the cables from barn to house when building. Not the ease of use as now, with apps and all... But they sure cost a LOT back then! Like 10x current. Cams are great -- no matter $$.
 

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Looked up the Wyse cams....Amazon has some discounts. The one you have 33.99 and right next to it is the 2-pk, marked down 🤔 $74.30. 😂 well, buy 2 singles and save! Gotta watch these guys 🫤

I have a set packed "somewhere" from mini horse foaling days. Even ran the cables from barn to house when building. Not the ease of use as now, with apps and all... But they sure cost a LOT back then! Like 10x current. Cams are great -- no matter $$.

Math may not be my strength, but I was able to quickly see that $33.99x2 was less than 2 for $74.30. 🤣 I also had a little left on a gift card so I got them for even less. And I got free overnight shipping. I ordered Wednesday evening and they arrived by 0900 on Thursday.
 

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I have an "auction site" that I frequent 😖🙄 with sleep not happening, I was trolling. There they were -- those V3 cams! 😳 4, brand new...of course I bid! 🤣 Ended up with 2 of the 4. $20 each, picking up Wed. Well, other things were attractive and I now have another new toy -- a drone. 😱 I can practice using it on the still unplanted 12 acres next door. I just wanted one to be able to "walk" my back pastures from the house -- see the animals & all. Has cameras, so pictures can happen but, I just wanted the flyover and watch technology. Zoom, zoom!! 🤣
 

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Those cameras sound great. I will look into getting some for my barn in Texas. Here I am only 30' across the driveway to look down into the barn through a window. The barn in Texas is about 500' farther across a field. Those cameras would be so much better for lambing time.

Speaking of Oskar, my biggest struggle with him has been how he views the sheep as friends/playmates. He has never injured them, but there is a lot of chasing. Anytime he’s bored or excited, off he goes.

The main problem is that my sheep are irrationally terrified of dogs and none of them would stand up to him. He starts bouncing around when he’s excited, they run because they are afraid and stupid, and then he runs after them because he thinks it’s a game. It’s been frustrating.

He lives with the rams during the winter and I noticed last week that he suddenly was being a lot more respectful of their space and wasn’t chasing when I came out to do chores. Turns out his buddy, Banff the black Border Leicester ram, who used to let him flail all over him, decided he’s had enough and has started to butt Oskar when he’s acting up. I also saw him correct Oskar when he started to annoy another ram a few days ago.

He’s a good dog, but young and he needed someone who could “hurt” him back to tell him off.
When Angel was 4 months old she started "playing" with her BFFs. First I separated her from the lambs only allowing her access while I was present. Then I put her in with the rams. They did not allow any nonsense and it worked to stop the behavior. However, she went through a second "play phase" right after she came home from the boarding kennel after her first season. She was in the field with the ewes since the rams were in the small Pen of Celibacy. Had some injuries on the older lambs' legs which required penning them and twice a day doctoring of infected wounds. :mad: Much harder to work with her at that age to stop the chasing/biting/playing. Finally got her through it and she is perfect now. She even stops Ozel (12 months) from running after sheep when they run.

Can you get a crotchety ewe or goat to put with the ewes? He needs one that will "self punish" him. Some people have tried shock collars but unless you are sitting on top of him 24/7 you will not be able to identify the behavior and shock him. I do not like shock collars since the dog learns to recognize when the collar is on and will restrict his bad behavior to times when he is not wearing it. The chasing and play will lead to nipping and pulling wool so needs to be stopped asap.
 

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Those cameras sound great. I will look into getting some for my barn in Texas. Here I am only 30' across the driveway to look down into the barn through a window. The barn in Texas is about 500' farther across a field. Those cameras would be so much better for lambing time.


When Angel was 4 months old she started "playing" with her BFFs. First I separated her from the lambs only allowing her access while I was present. Then I put her in with the rams. They did not allow any nonsense and it worked to stop the behavior. However, she went through a second "play phase" right after she came home from the boarding kennel after her first season. She was in the field with the ewes since the rams were in the small Pen of Celibacy. Had some injuries on the older lambs' legs which required penning them and twice a day doctoring of infected wounds. :mad: Much harder to work with her at that age to stop the chasing/biting/playing. Finally got her through it and she is perfect now. She even stops Ozel (12 months) from running after sheep when they run.

Can you get a crotchety ewe or goat to put with the ewes? He needs one that will "self punish" him. Some people have tried shock collars but unless you are sitting on top of him 24/7 you will not be able to identify the behavior and shock him. I do not like shock collars since the dog learns to recognize when the collar is on and will restrict his bad behavior to times when he is not wearing it. The chasing and play will lead to nipping and pulling wool so needs to be stopped asap.

I don’t have any ewes that will stand up to him. Maybe one of the Shetlands ewes will smack him if I bring him near her babies, but other than that, they either freak out or ignore him. I need to get a prong collar for him and work on him being calmer around lambs this spring.

He’s actually being very good. The main misbehaving is when he’s really excited when I come to do chores. Once everyone is eating, he settles down. I very rarely witness the playing at any other time of day. I can see the ram pen/field from my kitchen window and most of the time he’s lounging around with the rams hanging out with him or he’s checking the pasture.

He’s come a long way and is turning in to a good dog.

 
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