Thursday, June 9, 2011
Around the croft.
We did manage to entice her in and got a good look at the broken horn. It had stopped bleeding by this time, and looked to be scabbing up nicely. A quick spray with some eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender spray, and some trimming of the blood stained fleece, to keep any flies away. Mind you, there are not many flies brave enough to venture out in the weather we have been having, so I think we are safe.
This episode highlighted how ill prepared we are to be sheep keepers. At the moment we have only two, but we are planning to expand the flock in the Autumn, so it was high time we invested in some ovine equipment.
Shears - these will be needed in the next couple of weeks, as we get these ladies' hair cut and send them up on to the hill for the Summer.
A shepherd's crook - this would have been very handy when trying to herd them into the pen. If nothing else, at least it makes you look as if you know what you are doing.
And shiny new hurdles. We had been using our neighbour's as and when we needed them, but we wanted to set up a larger pen to give the sheep a bit more room, and encourage them in. Also, we had to carry them across two fields and haul them over a couple of fences to get them to our field, so this was a needed purchase. Look at the length of that grass - we need about 20 sheep in there just now.
So, here is a short video of our two beautiful ladies almost deigning to enter the new pen, enticed by a trug of barley. Listen to that wind! This is Summer.
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