Our neighbor has 5 pit bulls (all rescues) that are as sweet as I have ever seen.
Yeah, there's some 'good' pitbulls, but any dog will bite at some point over it's lifetime and when a pit bull bites, it's got a jaw structure that can do some serious damage. They're bred to 'maul' instead of just bite and let go like a wolf type dog. Kinda like the difference between a really sweet shark and a grumpy goldfish, maybe the sweet shark won't bite but if it does you'll really notice it. The neighbors also have small children, I kinda worry that they will get bit at some point. The dog is very friendly, but it still has scary abilities. Maybe I'm just worrying about nothing, though, the sheep and the dog do seem to get along amazingly well, although I had very low expectations so as long as the sheep don't get eaten that's in the 'amazing' category for me.I don't like pit bulls, but there are some very good ones out there. Our neighbor has 2 that are terrific dogs. It sounds like your neighbors have one of the good ones.
If there's not enough room for cross fencing, what are the best practices for combating parasites and coccidia? Periodic worming medicine?Depending on your climate, you'll soon be out of grass for them...they are voracious eaters. You'll also have a lot of impact on the soils, so the chances for parasites and coccidia may increase with time, as well as other soil born bacteria and fungi. If none of that bothers you and you'll be prepared for those things, then it's definitely doable.
It's a good idea to do rotational grazing with the neighbor but if they too have the same sort of acreage size and same number of sheep, you are back where you started....too many sheep on too little land. Be aware that they may not eat ALL the grass you have as they can be picky about what they eat, so leaving them on it until it's all gone will likely result in them overeating the good stuff right down to the soil....that destroys all the good grass and it won't really recover after awhile. It also has them eating grass down to where the parasites live.If there's not enough room for cross fencing, what are the best practices for combating parasites and coccidia? Periodic worming medicine?
Since we fenced our back yard and got two sheep, the neighbors also fenced their's and got two sheep. We may try to talk the next neighbor over into fencing her back yard and let us move our four sheep from yard to yard to yard to keep all three back yards mowed. That would allow for us to do rotational grazing, but until the sheep get the grass flat in the back yard here, we want them to keep on task if possible. Guess I should ask the shepherdess we got our two sheep from what worming medicine she uses and how often. She has rotational grazing, though, so we would possibly need to medicate more often?
How different are 'herd management' practices when one's herd is all of two sheep?