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efiladeeni

how do i tame a mean ewe?

Just got my first three sheep-1 year old Romney ewes.  One of them is really mean and backs up about 6 feet then charges me with her head down full force.  She won't let me in the pen to feed them, clean, water....nothing. I've had her checked to be sure she's a she.  I'm at a loss-does anyone have any suggestions?
bodger

First of all, a very warm welcome to OTG

Although I've kept sheep in the past, I'm not really a sheep person but what I'd say is this. Your ewe seems like a liability that you can't afford to keep. Even if you are able to quiten it down, it would always have the potential to cause you some serious damage. I'd be tempted to try and coax it into the freezer.
There are some very experienced sheep keepers on the forum who will no doubt be along to add their advice and their view, might very well vary from mine. There may be another way of combatting this anti social behaviour, lets hope so.
Rena

Yes, WELCOME to OTG!!

Bodger the freezer was my first thought too!!!

She is really dangerous to your well being, so be *very* careful until you get the direction you want to go. (I have dairy cows and would NOT keep one -new or not- that was threatening me in *any* way!)
efiladeeni

i'm not too worried about my safety.  I work with aggressive developmentally disabled adults for a living-they are far scarier!  But i hate to give up so quickly-she hasn't even been here a week! Thanks for the advice though.
Rena

efiladeeni wrote:
i'm not too worried about my safety.  I work with aggressive developmentally disabled adults for a living-they are far scarier!
Wow! that is quite a job you have then!

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 But i hate to give up so quickly-she hasn't even been here a week! Thanks for the advice though.
. OK, I do understand, no problem there. I have limited experience with sheep, and never any aggressive ones so I'll look forward to other input too.
bodger

Running a smallholding should help you relax and unwind from your stressful and demanding job. You're not going to be able to do that fully if you're constantly having to keep an eye on sheepzilla.
Woodsmoke

Mind you, the techniques for both jobs could well be interchangeable?    
debbie

You say they are penned at the moment?  An ideal time for bucket training - preferably from the other side of the fence.  shouldn't take more than a week if you are able to go out a few times a day.  perhaps when she gets used to her new surrounding she won't feel so threatened.  having said that do keep in mind the freezer idea - my husband had his nose broken by a charging ewe that decided to leap at him at the last minute.  dropped him like he was pole axed and there was blood everywhere so be careful, give her another week or so then see how things are going.
efiladeeni

forgive my ignorance, but could explain "bucket training"?  ...your hubby's nose story is pretty scary-I never considered she would leap!  I've thought about throwing her to the floor once or twice to show her who's boss, but read elsewhere it may cause her behaviors to escalate.
debbie

Bucket training:  basically we train our sheep to come to the bucket.  so go out a few times a day with a bucket with a handful of sheep nuts in it. give it a good rattle whilst calling them (hi pitched squeaky voice very good for this) then drop a handful of nuts over the fence to them...don't feed them any other concentrate that isn't fed in this way..even if they don't need hard feed right now its worth doing it - mine will come over three fields to the rattle of a bucket and the call "sheeeeepieeees" now..makes life oh so much easier when you want to get them into a pen to do anything with them..it will also train your errant ewe.  If you like you can actually put the bucket over the fence until they get the hang of it.

As for the ewe that broke Simon nose?  well, she tasted very nice thank you in fact Simon said he has never enjoyed roast lamb so much before in his life
bodger

If that sheep had managed to get Simon somewhere other than his nose, then his voice could have been ideal for bucket training.
tracyfitz

efiladeeni wrote:
I've thought about throwing her to the floor once or twice to show her who's boss.


Love this.....

 You will fit right in!
Woodsmoke

efiladeeni wrote:
I've thought about throwing her to the floor once or twice to show her who's boss.


Under no circumstances would I recommend this.....................I tried it with Jo once & ended up walking funny for a week    
bodger

and with a mouth full of wool.
efiladeeni

thank you all for the help and advice!  you guys are just awesome!  Haven't seen the ewe in 4 days-so wish me luck this morning!
bodger

Give my regards to Sheepzilla. and be careful.
tracyfitz

efiladeeni wrote:
Haven't seen the ewe in 4 days-so wish me luck this morning!


How did it go?
Rena

bodger wrote:
Give my regards to Sheepzilla. and be careful.


Ditto!
efiladeeni

Well she wouldn't even allow me to put hay in the feeder yesterday without trying to kill me.  Then my kids came over and she wanted them dead too.  Nearly broke the railing of their pen.  Posted her on craigslist last night as AGGRESSIVE ewe for field or freezer and my mailbox was full this morning. I can't believe how many people want a mean sheep!  thank you all for your help.  I really appreciated it!
Rena

I'm very sorry.

You made the right decision, and I'm guessing that she be chillin' soon enough!

Now you'll be able to start enjoying your sheep!
efiladeeni

believe it or not she's not headed for the freezer (yet) she's off to an agricultural school.  They can't say i didn't warn them.
tracyfitz

efiladeeni wrote:
believe it or not she's not headed for the freezer (yet) she's off to an agricultural school.  They can't say i didn't warn them.


Perfect. Ewe will feel such relief now!
bodger

Groan!
tracyfitz

bodger wrote:
Groan!


Rena

tracyfitz wrote:
bodger wrote:
Groan!





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