[Jacob-list] Ram Behavior
heinsy72 at q.com
Mon Oct 25 13:09:04 EDT 2010
I'm hoping to get some input on Ram behavior. I'm new to breeding sheep and have purchased a Jacob ram. I have 2 horses, 1 pony, 5 Jacob ewes, 2 Jacob wethers and my Jacob ram in a pasture. Since I have let the ram loose with the rest of the flock, they no longer come in to the barn area. The Ram keeps the flock out to pasture and will not let them come in. Before I had my ram, I could always get the flock to come in by shaking a bowl of corn. Now they put their heads up like they want to but if they start to make a move towards the barn, the Ram chases them back into flock. There is still plenty of grass for them to feed off. A concern I have is they don't even come in for water. I'm assuming the morning dew is plenty of water for them to survive since they never really drank much before anyways. I don't think there is a problem with them and the horses because the horses spend a lot of time out near them and they don't come in away from them. They stand together and eat without any issues. Is this normal behavior or should I force them into the barn area and lock them in? They don't even come into the barn out of the rain like they did during the summer. Is there anything I should be concerened about?
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