When Sunday rolled around it was time to give everyone a second dose of wormer; fun, fun, fun. I decided to start with the rams and took them in the same order as last time. As the leader ram Killarney was selected to go first as he has a habit of trying to protect his buddies whenever the Commander grabs them. As we were holding him I noticed some scabs and blood on the top of his head and on his nose.
Seems Killarney has been spending some time bashing heads with his so called friends.
I sprayed some antibiotics on his wounds and finished worming him, I couldn’t wait to see what battle damage the other boys were sporting. As I was feeling around on the top of his scull I couldn’t help but notice how thick the bone on the top of his head is. No wonder it doesn’t seem to faze him when he crashes into his fellow rams at full speed!
Alders horns are very wide yet he showed no sign of cuts or abrasions. The Commander had his normal struggle capturing “Wild Man” so I could give him his dose of wormer, these sheep are strong! I don’t know how people with larger animals can handle them.
Ironwood and Albion were finished last with no problems. I didn’t see any wounds on Ironwood, but his horns are so massive that he must hit with them instead of using the top of his head.
I still haven’t figured out how the door to the rams shed has been getting opened but the night vision camera I set up caught this little critter crawling around into Sara’s kennel.
I don’t think he is the culprit but what a cutie pie!
Listen to him growl!
The girls were wormed next with the usual panic at being touched. It looks like Ava has recovered from her illness completely and will be ready for breeding next week.
Here is a shot of little Alma and her tiny horns – they are almost scurrs really. She is the smallest ewe we have so I am a bit worried for her come lambing time.
Finally one of the guinea nuggets was killed by what I think was an owl Saturday night. The guineas have gone back to sleeping in the coop since that tragic evening, it just isn’t safe around here. I wonder how long their fear will keep them inside and safe before the decide to sleep in the trees again.