[Jacob-list] Medical / Social behavior ...
patchworkfibers at alltel.net
Tue Dec 9 21:53:58 EST 2003
When we first had sheep - not Jacobs - I noticed that my ewes would squat without
actually peeing when my Mountain Cur Dog was with me. He'd sniff them and they
would squat. It was similar to the posture of a ewe in heat, but these were 2 to 3
month old Suffolk/Hampshire/etc and were certainly not in heat. I've seen it a few
times since and it just seems to be a submissive gesture. I have not seen it very
often in my Jacobs (maybe once or twice) - they seem to duke it out rather than
On Mon, 8 Dec 2003 18:10:09 -0500, gf wrote:
>I have a question, it may be medical or social but I will wait for an answer.
> I have 5 ewes and removed the ram last week. The oldest dominant ewe was
>acting strange. I dumped in a bale of hay and noticed the oldest ewe running,
>well doing the 4 legged bounce hopping run, almost stomping.
>You know the one. Then I noticed that the second oldest ewe was doing the
>same but seemed to be chasing the older ewe and would not let her near the
>bale of hay, even noticed the babies seemed to be attacking her, not vicious,
>just like the social order was disturbed.
>Then I noticed the older ewe was squating to pee and not having any success
>Anyone think I need a vet, is it a UTI or just stress from a big social
>change, ram removal .....
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