Where sheep may safely graze…..the continuing story

“Birds of the same feathers flock together, and when they flock together they fly so high.”
Cecil Thounaojam

On February 13 we collected seven sheep from the local pound. That day three more sheep arrived at the pound from the same property..sheep from the same flock who had strayed.

In  due course these three also made their way to Honey’s Pledge.

All have been shorn and are out of quarantine, settling in to their new life.

Recently I felt the need to check the local pound and saw…three more sheep. On making enquiries I was told these were from the same flock.

We were not surprised that these three have not been claimed and, after the necessary formalities, today we collected them from the pound for their journey to safety.

With the splendid set of horns on one, as we expected one of our new charges is a ram.

Our first priority is to have the three ‘crutched’. It is far too late in the year to remove their fleece but we have to remove the extensive soiled fleece from their rears.

Clearly these sheep have not been shorn for some time. We are hoping that this may have prevented the ram from enabling more little sheep to come into this world, but only time will tell.

After crutching, our lovely ram will be having some surgery to transform him to a ‘wether’. ‘Spring’ may require her horns to be trimmed as they appear very close to her eyes.

We are hoping that no sheep remain on the property they originally escaped from, or if so, that there are no more rams and so the flow of rescues will cease.

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When trust will not save you, but fate intervenes

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones    

Meet our two newest sheep rescues.

And meat is the fate these two narrowly escaped.

Freezer sheep edit

Bottle raised and trusting of humans, these two were to be home slaughtered for ‘the freezer’, but luckily fate intervened twice. Firstly the person intending to slaughter them was physically unable to do so, and secondly that the advertisement selling them was spotted by a good Samaritan, who intervened and changed the outcome for these two. They arranged purchase and for them to come to Honey’s Pledge for rehabilitation.

As the mercury rises, and summer is set to hit, we were luckily able to collect them today. Not knowing what fate held in store they arrived on the float, looking scared and unsure. We spoke to them assuring them that they were safe for harm and we could be trusted.

Both are desperately in need of shearing. They have obviously never been shorn and they have a huge amount of ‘dags’ making them very prone to flystrike.

For now we have them yarded with access to deep shade and lots of water, and as soon as we can arrange, our shearer will be over to relieve them of their heavy and hot fleeces, attend to parasite control, feet trimming and we will check them for any other immediate care needed.

For now both are resting in the shade, taking in their new surroundings.