8 06 2013


The Sheep

Sheep are like children, they can be good for the longest time and then the become the bad child in an instant.  I have two very bad sheep.  Marley who is in heat although he has been fixed as soon as I turn my back i get hit.  I have been squirting him with the hose when he does it, but he and I both forget and it happens every night.  Then two nights ago I saw Lucy on her two back legs eating Elliott’s grain.  Now Elliott is old and need his grain twice a day.  There is nowhere to hang the pail that she can’t reach.  I have a couple of ideas and may try bringing in a fence to separate them while he is eating.  SHe gets squirted with the hose but she doesn’t care.    My son and I tried several ways to hang the bucket but each time Lucy was able to get to it.  Last night I put it in its old place and scared Lucy away each time she came near.  Today I hung a nail on the other side of the gate.    Lucy can climb up on the gate but can’t get her head over.  She did try to bite the bucket.  She is very serious about grain.  She is already overweight and I will get a lecture from the vet about that.













David with the sheep

David with the sheep








Pat , my neighbor and house fixer-upper took the feeder home and made it yesterday.  It was delivered this afternoon.  Its beautiful. In the 3 or 4 days that have gone by since the barn was cleaned at least one bale of hay was wasted on the floor and had to be used as mulch. So far today there is no hay on the floor.  They have to work at getting the hay and not too much will be waster.  A savings to me of about $400. per year.   I was running out of room to use the mulch too.


We had lots of rain yesterday and last night and none got into the barn, there were puddles everywhere so shovel in hand I dug pathways for the water to run off.  There is still lots to do up there.  My biggest fear is that the pasture will remain damp.  We are having another week of rainy weather, I will have to wait till we have a spell of dry weather.  Wet pasture produces  hoof rot in sheep and in goats.  something that is a pain for the animal and a pain for the owner.  I want to avoid that extra work.


Minnie went to the vets yesterday, She got eye drops and she had worms.  I was shocked as She was wormed three times before she came here.  I haven’t seen any worms.  She got medication for that.  Dr. Funk said it was from Fleas.  S0mething else I didn’t see on any of the cats.  Tomorrow they will be have no more fleas.  He did extensive tests on her and she may have some kidney problems.  It may be that she will have to be in my bedroom.   She may like that and can be let out occasionally.  Eventually she may be fine with the other cats.  Angus thinks it’s a game to chase her and Willie feels great that he is not the low man on the totem pole!!!

Next week I hope to catch Baby the elusive cat.  I am armed with a pill that will be crushed in her food.  I hope that it works.  She will be fixed and all her shots, checked out and anything that needs to be done will be done.  I hope that she will be a little friendlier after all this but who knows.  Once a feral cat always a feral cat so they say.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.    Carole and Minnie




One response

11 06 2013
Bealtaine Cottage

I have had several feral cats and they’ve all settled in well! Missy is the daughter of a feral cat and was found under a hedge in Sligo. It’s kind of you to get her done as endless kittens is a real burden on the poor creatures!

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