We have not introduced you to the six sheep we have in Lincoln. You have seen references to “brown wether” and “black wethers”. We have described our sheep on a separate page. I will use their “names” below.
Yesterday saw the second treatment of BrownWether’s broken horn. This time, Ray found that he could hold the sheep with his knees freeing two hands for dispensing the Blu-Kote. Mysteriously, his hands ended up re-blued anyway. Today’s treatment revealed the source — a spill on the front of the sheep was dispensing Blu-Kote to any hand that touched it. FriendlyBlackWether has a broken horn and needed treatment, too. Time to buy our own Blu-Kote and return Betty’s. The wethers need to learn that their little scurs won’t stand up to head butting.
This morning Ray, as he was preparing to treat the two broken horns, was startled by a loud bang and a flash of light. The electric fence sensor started flashing. We had apparently just lost power. Ray removed his boots and put his shoes back on to return to the house to call the power company.
Back outside, Ray put his boots back on, gathered the stuff to treat the broken horns and headed for the sheep. Imagine his surprise when he opened the gate, stepped over the fence into the area where the sheep had been only to see them on the far side of opposite fence. Apparently. when the circuit breaker blew (it sounds like a gunshot) the sheep were startled and broke through the electric netting. The tie fastening the end post of the electric netting to the permanent fence post had broken and the last section of netting was lying on the ground. We donít know if it would have helped had the netting been electrified. The sheep were apparently pretty determined to get through.
Ray moved the netting that was on the ground out of the way and the sheep followed him back to where they were supposed to be. Ray kept walking toward the pen and most of the sheep followed him into the pen. He tossed out some corn and the stragglers came in as well. After closing the pen, he treated the two horns, and did not spill any additional Blu-Kote. Ray left the sheep in the pen while he put the electric netting back up adding an extra tie for more strength. The sheep may need a reminder about how electric netting works now that they have broken through with no (electrical) consequence. That will have to wait until after the power is restored.
There always seems to be a new twist to this sheep business.