patchworkfibers at alltel.net
Wed Dec 31 16:31:26 EST 2003
I'd be interested in reports of hawk kills of lambs. The hawks never seem to
actually threaten a lamb, but they sure do watch them alot. It's abit unsettling.
I don't plan on keeping my sheep in the barn all the time or shooting the hawks -
just curious. Our biggest predators have always been neighborhood dogs, which do
tend to keep the coyotes away.
Our vet had a mare and foal attacked by a bear last year, but that's a very isolated
event and the bear was protecting her cub from the foal's playful (in the foal's
mind - not the mother bear's!) attention.
Happy New Year everyone!
On Tue, 30 Dec 2003 16:10:58 -0800 (PST), Mary Hansson wrote:
>Linda and all,
>One of the larger predator problems for the group of sheep off the Maine coast
>was the eagle or hawk population. Royal---Can you fill us in on more of the
>I would think that a protective mother ewe would provide adequate protection
>for a lone fox, but with them working in a group, she would need lots of
>friends. Mary Spahr---Did you have fox problems or were they
>coyote/wolf/domestic dog problems with your lamb losses a few springs ago??
>Foxes like chickens when they can get them, and a good hen isn't far from the
>size of a newborn lamb....albeit much less protected without horns and hooves
>Mary Ellen Hansson, MEd, RD, LDN ISeeSpots Farm Jacob Sheep: Lambs, adults,
Registered Jacob Sheep & Angora Rabbits
More information about the Jacob-list