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Was offered some sheep..

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Sheep' started by Jaime, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. Feb 7, 2018
    secuono

    secuono Herd Master

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    There's a video on FB of an ewe using a Kissing Gate.
    And another on FB of an ewe doing tricks, weaving poles and such.
    I have an ewe who I could train, Tatiana, she's got the right personality for it. I think some of my others might also be able to learn a few tricks, since they are bold enough around treat time, lol.


    It's normal for a lot of spieces to give birth away from the flock or herd, then come back once the baby is up, active and bonded to mom.
     
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    Gorman Farm

    Gorman Farm Ridin' The Range

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    I am reading a lot of mixed answers here. I was wondering how big is your horse pasture? I have sheep and I live in a rural area of Florida, my neighbor has a couple sheep in with a few cows and a horse and they all live peacefully. His pasture is about 10-12 acres. I wouldn't house goats and sheep together because the feeding requirements are different. How big is your goat pasture? As far as housing goes find out what they are used to already? I have an old 2 stall walk in horse barn that is inside the pasture fence, I keep one stall door open in case they want shelter, they rarely use it, mostly during heavy rain. A 3 sided run in will do especially since you are not going to breed. It does not need to be very tall, just 5ft or so, and maybe 8 ft wide for 2 sheep. Many sheep farmers leave sheep in pastures with no shelters. When the pasture is sparse they will need minerals and hay available, you don't really need to give feed if you aren't growing them for slaughter or breeding. My sheep like just plain orchard grass or what we call here local coastal hay, see what they have been eating from previous owner. Side note when I first got them I bought them expensive alfalfa and timothy hay and they didn't eat it..You mentioned you are getting cows, how large is that pasture? You can pasture them with cows, I see that where I live often.
     
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    Bruce

    Bruce Herd Master

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    Big change from the range wars in the 1800's.
     
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    High Desert Cowboy

    High Desert Cowboy Loving the herd life

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    A lot has changed from the range wars. My friend uses the pasture just north of my home for calving, and this year he’s added 150 pregnant ewes in there with them. Apparently they decided to try raising sheep as well but didn’t have anywhere else to put them. I’m seeing some calves and lambs on the ground and apparently there’s no trouble between the two, though some of the good old boys are grumbling that running the two together isn’t “kosher”
     
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    Bruce

    Bruce Herd Master

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    They can be run in succession. I've read that rotating cattle, then sheep, then chickens through a pasture is really good for it's health. Don't let any of them overgraze it though. Of course that is not a problem during the chickens' rotation.
     
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    greenacres

    greenacres Chillin' with the herd

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    I have A small flock of Babydoll (wool) sheep, and they have always been housed with my Goats and my donkeys/pony. There has never been a problem, for 6 years. I make sure that there is no copper in the mineral I leave out and I bolus the goats. Everyone gets along, but the goats and the pony are the boss. In fact, the donkeys really love the sheep. You do not need to feed the sheep any extra grain. All they need is good quality Hay. Be careful if you give them extra grain -- they will get too fat. In terms of housing, I had my sheep in Nebraska in only a three sided shelter. I am now in Washington state, and they have a barn because of the rain. They have done fine in both. I love my sheep, I wouldn't hesitate adopting the ones you have been offered, they make great pets IMG_0815.JPG
     
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    PetSheep

    PetSheep Exploring the pasture

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    Hi I think I have only commented one other time but this one I cannot pass up - the only thing I would add is sheep make incredibly wonderful pets -

    I live in rural north central FL and I bottle fed and raised in my living room, two Gulf Coast Native sheep - I was a goat person before I got my sheep: Poopie and Muffin [isn't Muffin cute?! that's her as a baby]

    My sheep are wool sheep and must be sheared once a year - some breeds must be sheared more often - their first shearing was done by a guy from Australia who used to travel to the US for shearing - now, my shearing is done by a guy from NC who schedules me when he is in my area - prices vary considerably - there is a travel fee then a fee per sheep -

    Mine were raised as pets and are very playful and silly - free roaming in the yard and Muffin will come up my steps into my pet room when it is raining - she doesn't like the rain or her barn -

    Good luck - I hope you really enjoy them :)
     
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    Bruce

    Bruce Herd Master

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    @PetSheep, we don't mind if you comment much more. And post pictures ;)
     
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    RathdrumGal

    RathdrumGal Chillin' with the herd

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    I've never raised sheep before, Just pigs, Horses, and Goats.. What are they like? What type of housing do they need? How hardy are they? What should they eat? Should I take them in? I would have to make room for them somewhere in the barn or in with my goats before I could actually make a proper house for them..

    I have 4 full sized sheep with my NDG. The biggest problem for me is that 1) goats need copper and 2) copper will kill sheep (sheep's liver do not process copper, so it will slowly kill them from copper toxicity). I feed a multi species grain and minerals WITHOUT copper, and then supplement the goats with copper. Sheep are very hearty animals. Even hair sheep will get a wooly coat for cold weather that sheds during the spring. Even in the coldest weather, our sheep elect to sleep outside. Goats are friendlier, cuter, and more naughty than sheep -- overall they have more personality. If not hair sheep, you will have to arrange for shearing once or twice a year. If decent quality wool, you should be able to sell their fleece and recoup some of your feed costs.

    Sheep will spook if you raise your hands above their head -- like if you go to pet them on the top of their head. Make friends with sheep by scratching their chins.
     
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    Ridgetop

    Ridgetop Loving the herd life

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