Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A-frolic!

Not a great photo, I know, but very illustrative! After being cooped up yesterday (it was raining, and I had to work at Rick's clinic all day), the lambs were ready to race this morning. Poor Rechel was distressed that they were "running away from her" - and did her best to keep up. Two years ago when she had Bella and Bailey, we didn't have the sheep lot fenced, so she didn't have to deal with this.

I wanted to get the ram pen cleaned, as well as the corner used for a lambing jug, so I decided to just turn Braveheart loose to graze and be near his flock. Jackson was delighted to have a playmate, and Braveheart seemed to enjoy frolicking, too, bouncing like a lamb. They took turns chasing each other, and then they would stop to sniff noses and nuzzle.Mission accomplished: all ready for lambs, round two!

I put Braveheart back in his pen to avoid a case of grass tetani (Rechel got it two years ago; scary!), but today worked so well that I plan let him out for increasing periods to play and graze. He'll be much happier near the other sheep, and can keep the grass trimmed outside the sheep lot fence.

That's it for now at . . .

7 comments:

Lauren said...

I love jackson playing with Braveheart! You'd think if interspecies could get along, the people of the world could.

Is grass tetani like regualr old tetanus that you get from grass? I've never heard of it.

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

hahahaha! too funny, love the photo! Go check out the one I just put up on my blog...then you can laugh...
;-)

Sharon said...

Absolutely delightful! If you get a chance, would you check Mim's blog? She's not having such a nice lambing year and I think other shepherds might have some ideas.

Sharrie said...

I finally got the spelling right on my blog. If you can't access it, type it in spelled right, and it will come up. I sure wish Scooter would play with my sheep like Jackson does.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Grass tetani is a magnesium deficiency caused by fast-growing, low-magnesium spring grass. It basically sucks the magnesium out of a sheep and can kill them pretty fast if you don't rectify it quick. Rechel was staggering and then started going rigid on me. Rick sped home and administered double-barreled treatment, covering all the bases before we knew for sure what we were dealing with. Saved her life, he did!

Rayna said...

Awww cute photos!

Kathy said...

I have a barn you can have fun in anytime you want! I'll even supply the pitchfork! LOL!

Great pictures! It's been way too windy here to let the little ones out yet, but they're growing like weeds!