Sunday, January 06, 2008

'The dogged owd ewes' - part 2


Forget producing lambs, this lot will be laying eggs soon.

They get a ration of sheep nuts daily but can still find room to snack on layers' pellets and poultry corn. One of the ewes inside the pen is on her knees so she can push her head through the pop-hole the better to reach the food.


Had I wanted to get two ewes into a confined space it would probably have taken me all morning and many curses. The hen house door was open for, hmm.....probably all of 45 seconds and they were in. Water was syphoned up, food located and food snarfed. Done and dusted.

.........and they do say 'All flesh is grass.'

17 comments:

Nikki-ann said...

I hope the hens weren't in there at the time... I'm not sure how they'd take an invasion of sheep! :)

Malc said...

And I thought our hens had problems fighting off the starlings.

How big would the soldiers for a boiled sheep's egg be?

mountainear said...

Excellent question! Answers on a postcard please...

Incidently I've seen flocks of starlings round here see off sheep.

snailbeachshepherdess said...

So glad you were there with the camera...brilliant

mutterings and meanderings said...

Makes a chaggenge, the chickens at the stables are bist scavengers you've ever seen...

mutterings and meanderings said...

Goodness, my typing/spelling us atrocious! That odd word is meant to be change

Pondside said...

You made me laugh! Our goats are the same. We keep them in a seperate field from the chicken coop, but they try everything to get into the chicken field....and when they are successful the head straight for the coop and the feed. Like you, I'd be hard pressed to ever get them into a small space on any other occasion!

Frances said...

I have really enjoyed every one of your new year blogs.

They just make me laugh, but also take me very far away from New York. It was grand going on that walk with you, and having the dog let us know when to turn back home.

Cheers! xo

bodran... said...

EWE wouldnt believe it! xx

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this brings a new slant on the nursery rhyme

Little boy blue come blow your horn
The sheep in the hen coop
The cows in the corn.
(better warn Heather)

Although hibernating in the literary sense. Still keeping abreast of events in the Trelystan Kingdom.
More little Herefords due at the end of the month.

Mopsa said...

Huh! When it's lambing time and the sheep and geese share the orchard I have to shut the goose hut so the lambs plus mums don't go in through the pophole and completely bugger it up. And yes, I've barely opened it to let the geese out before the lambs come for a look-see. They get into everything.

diaryfarmer said...

Sorry, diidn't intend to leave an anonymous comment. I pressed the wrong thing and the comment was off into the ether before you could say boiled egg!!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Wow - did they get tummy aches from eating the corn - our lambs did the same thing once and made themselves ill.

elizabethm said...

What great pictures! Are you still on for next Friday?

david santos said...

Nice photos, thank you,


Happy New Year, Mountainear! And best wishes for a healthy and successful 2008

LittleBrownDog said...

Fascinating animals, sheep. Wonder what goes through their heads?

Great pictures!

Muddy Footprints said...

I could do with your sheep to ward off the squirrels after my nuts!