The Sheep Arrive

120_2020.jpgSo the sheep were coming, and we weren’t ready, as usual. We’d set up the temporary shelter that we’re going to use, out on the septic field, but the only electric fence we had was the one we’d bought for the bees. We also knew we had to keep the ram Sue away from all the girls until we wanted to breed them, which is not now. We want lambs in April, not February, so we need two electric fences. So Frank stayed here to meet the sheep, and I headed up to Wellscroft Farms for fences. I was a bit worried when someone there remarked – oh, she talked someone into buying Sue? Uh oh.

So anyway, when I got home, the first thing I saw was a truck with a horse trailer way down at the end of the driveway. That can’t be good, I thought. Then I saw Frank wandering around, and he said there was one sheep loose, everyone else was fine. I walked up the driveway, and met the woman we’d bought from and her friend, who were frustrated because they had to go for other important things (like picking up kids from school) but didn’t want to leave us with a sheep out.

120_2022.jpgFiona was the one who was out, and she was grazing just outside of the electric fence that we’d had set up. My theory was that we could just put up one of the new fences and catch her that way, so we told them it was fine for them to go. It actually worked out really well like that. Fiona stayed exactly across the circle from me, so I just worked it around and eventually she was caught. Perfect.

120_2025.jpgSue we put under the deck in the back. It’s not good to leave a sheep alone, but we don’t have another to put with him, and at least he can see the girls. He’s so cute. Very friendly, very personable.

I came home with a week’s supply of hay, but they also have grass for the time being. I wonder how long they’ll clear that and what this is going to do to my lawn?

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