Can't catch my sheep

AGN76

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Location
north Wales

Reminds me of this legendary thread! :ROFLMAO:
 

spin cycle

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Location
north norfolk

Reminds me of this legendary thread! :ROFLMAO:
that was the first thread i ever posted on :)
 

delilah

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once they're bucket trained you won't be able to get in/out of the field:rolleyes::p
The Spin Maester makes a valid point.

Give them a few nuts in the pen once a month (without shutting the gate) just to keep them biddable, but not more often than that else they will become a pain. You should be able to walk amongst them on a daily basis without them
running to you, but come to the bucket when it is shook. Once a month should be about right.

You have got yourself 20 females. Tread carefully, you want to keep them sweet but not needy.
 

Dry Rot

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Livestock Farmer
Sell the lambs and get a quieter breed! Or see if you can buy a couple of pet lambs. Better still, do what I did and get rid of the damned things!

There are two types of crooks for catching sheep. Leg crook and neck crook. Both very useful. The leg crook is good for catching the odd ewe when at the trough but either, with a bit of practice, is good for catching a single sheep out of a string of them run down the side of a wall or fence. The leg crook has a narrow hook at the end which is just wide enough to go round the lower leg but not slip off the foot. The neck crook does what it says. Once the skill of using either is acquired, you'll wonder why you didn't get one years ago.
 
Spend a lot on hurdles and have very long funnel.... ?
Don't run and shout, use their flight zone to move them away from you. You must be calm.

Work out who their leader is. If you can't work it out, put an old trained ewe in with them.

If funnelling them into a smaller area, don't put a pen at the end, they will see no exit and run back at you.

At the end, make a gateable gap on the side next to the open field but running back towards you and dead ended. When you chase them into it the funnel, instead of running back at you, they will go through the gate thinking they are getting away and past you on the other side, by which time you can close the gate off.

If the field is not level, put the arrangement at the top of the hill and calmly train them to it just before dark without handling them. Put their feed and water in there, preferably tipping it into a metal trough and leaving them to it so they learn the sound signal. Similarly away from roads and other distractions and not in dark area e.g. shaded by trees.

Wear the same clothes each time (unwashed if you've handled the sheep) and come in from the same direction each day.

Good luck
 

egbert

Member
Don't run and shout, use their flight zone to move them away from you. You must be calm.

Work out who their leader is. If you can't work it out, put an old trained ewe in with them.

If funnelling them into a smaller area, don't put a pen at the end, they will see no exit and run back at you.

At the end, make a gateable gap on the side next to the open field but running back towards you and dead ended. When you chase them into it the funnel, instead of running back at you, they will go through the gate thinking they are getting away and past you on the other side, by which time you can close the gate off.

If the field is not level, put the arrangement at the top of the hill and calmly train them to it just before dark without handling them. Put their feed and water in there, preferably tipping it into a metal trough and leaving them to it so they learn the sound signal. Similarly away from roads and other distractions and not in dark area e.g. shaded by trees.

Wear the same clothes each time (unwashed if you've handled the sheep) and come in from the same direction each day.

Good luck
excellent
 

glensman

Member
Location
North Antrim
Don't run and shout, use their flight zone to move them away from you. You must be calm.

Work out who their leader is. If you can't work it out, put an old trained ewe in with them.

If funnelling them into a smaller area, don't put a pen at the end, they will see no exit and run back at you.

At the end, make a gateable gap on the side next to the open field but running back towards you and dead ended. When you chase them into it the funnel, instead of running back at you, they will go through the gate thinking they are getting away and past you on the other side, by which time you can close the gate off.

If the field is not level, put the arrangement at the top of the hill and calmly train them to it just before dark without handling them. Put their feed and water in there, preferably tipping it into a metal trough and leaving them to it so they learn the sound signal. Similarly away from roads and other distractions and not in dark area e.g. shaded by trees.

Wear the same clothes each time (unwashed if you've handled the sheep) and come in from the same direction each day.

Good luck
You'll be going full camo with burnt oil over your face next thing.
 

Robin2020

Member
Livestock Farmer
You guys have given me some hope! Sorry but no videos 😄. Its bad enough being watched from the footpath!!
I will start a routine with the feed. They did seem more interested today. I just need to create a pattern. Blackface seems to be the leader so I'll focus there.
Great ideas with fence lines and angles. The trick closing a normally open exit sounds perfect. I will create a more permanent pen and make it a good place to be. This also helps me as they will be closer to the house.
I have next week off so can spend a lot of time on this. I may try to train my mothers dog (Korthal Griffon) but it seems more likely to munch them all.
 

Old Shep

Member
Livestock Farmer
There are often would be sheep dog traillists in your area looking for sheep to train on, asking on facebook groups. But ask for references otherwise it could just get worse!😱
 

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