Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Aggravating little rascals

After keeping their "big girl panties" on for awhile and staying in the pasture with the ewes, Bronwen and Bramble have reverted to being lambs who slip through the bars of the arena and roam around wherever they want, eating wherever they like. (Reminds me of the Pokey Little Puppy, probably because Brian read it to me recently.) This, unfortunately, annoys their humans, as Rick does not like free-range animals (other than the dog and cat) and I don't appreciate all the VM they are collecting in those once-in-their-lifetime lamb fleeces. The other night I sat in the sheepfold for an hour, picking out the worst of the weed seeds - little Velcro balls and needle-like nasties. I've chased their wooly behinds back into the pasture a couple times, but they are out again before I reach the house. I've even found them in the pocket pasture at the opposite end of the arena with Browning and Braveheart! (Somebody please tell me that not-quite-four-month-old ewe lambs can't get pregnant!)And when they roam, they cause baa-andimonium - they both yell, the ram lambs yell, Browning yells . . . and I get a headache. I've got it fixed now so they can't get past the arena or ram lot, but would like to keep them out of the latter as well. Having access to even prepubescent girls is making Braveheart punchy:
This morning I finally realized they might be hungry, given the dried-out state of their pasture, so I hung a hay bag on the outside of Russell's paddock panel. Judging from its reception, I was right. I have GOT to find some more second or third cutting orchard grass soon!
That's all the whining for now from . . .

8 comments:

MiniKat said...

I hope the extra food helps keep them contained! Silly girls!

Sharrie said...

They do get real noisy when they are hungry, or when they realize that they have gotten separated from their mommies.

Christine said...

Yep, oh do I ever hear ya. I've been pulling out those velcro balls myself.

Franna said...

One word - hog panels.

...I guess that's two words. Woven wire fencing should work, too. It would be easy to attach it/them to the rails.

Silly little sheep get louder and louder as the forage gets less "inviting". Yes, here, too.

- Franna

kristi said...

Same problem over here in OH! And of course its always the biggest fiasco to get them back in...always can get out but not back in! Lucky they are cute:) The sheep & I are loving the new hay...hope you get yours soon too!

sheepsclothing said...

Dang teenagers.
Probably hard to be too mad at them though- they're such cute girls!

Nancy K. said...

At least they're not eating your flowers and trees!!

;-)

kenleighacres said...

It sounds like you have some very naughty girls :) We had a lamb a few years ago that would jump the fences - not usually a problem with jacobs. He would jump out as I walked to the house and jump back in when I came out. The only problem was that I saw the rest of the sheep watching him and taking notes. He eventually jumped himself into the freezer! Good luck containing your girls.