Thursday, January 1, 2015
The Simple Sheep IQ Test
This morning after I got done with the feeding chores and before I tricked the little wife into going tool shopping with me (MAhahahahahah... yes she complained the whole time). Those damnable four hooved monstrosities of pasture destruction old nag horses called my bluff after almost six months and figured out the little bit of electric fence line I strung across the gate that opens up into the hay field is not live.
My temporary solution to suddenly having the entire flock forced on me was to put the yearlings in the barn at night and then run them out into the hay field during the day which we use as Winter pasture. In November we also open the gate from the horse pasture into the hay field too so the horses are out there as well. Since we got our last cutting of hay from there in August I actually started running the cutting crew and horses out there early this year. What I did was just run a length of electric wire across the gate opening well above the sheep's back but about chest high to the horses. The horses rarely if ever test an electric fence so this allowed the sheep to come and go into the barn but kept the horses out.
Well either the line sagged and one of the sheep knocked it down or the horses finally pushed it over but the horses got out. No trouble getting them back in but I took my time hoping one would bolt for the road and get hit or run away for good or something. No such luck. So to give the horses a bit more of a barrier I put the electric fence line back but only opened the gate about a quarter of the way.
Little did I realize how entertaining this would prove to be.
Out of the 24 yearlings only three of them proved to be intelligent enough (or lucky to be on the open end more likely) to realize the gate was partially open. These three went on out and started grazing while the other 21 stood there at the partially opened gate and looked at them in distress because they couldn't figure out how to get out there. I watched this amusing observation of limited sheep brain power for a few minutes laughing then decided to walk down there and see if I could shake things up a bit.
As the lower IQ sheep watched I calmly walked through the open part of the gate into the hay field. I saw little light bulbs go on in about half the yearlings and slowly one at a time some 11 or 12 more sheep joined the grazers. The remaining 10 or so just couldn't figure it out even with a demonstration. Eventually as they frantically paced sideways along the gate one or two of them at a time would come to the open end and figure it out. It took at least 20 minutes or more for the remaining yearlings to figure it out though all the time with me laughing at them.
Ya a little barnyard bullying was in order :)
Anyway I didn't get any work done on the cabin today. I discovered the basement flooded again after this last rain we had so a utility pump was part of my tool buying trip this morning. I just cannot figure this new flooding development out. Obviously something has changed the runoff pattern of water somewhere and is now directing it into the basement because we have never had flooding of this magnitude before. It has to be runoff water because it only happens after a big rain too but I cannot find where it is coming in from. Until I figure it out which appears is going to be a trial and error type thing now, I decided to buy a utility pump and just pump the water out. With Christmas over now is a good time to buy some tools I need only occasionally and have been putting off buying. I also picked up a 12 amp Sawsall for my metal cutting needs, I had been using the Step Dad's but that isn't an option any more. I figured I could get away with a 9 or 10 amp but the 12 amp was only 10 bucks more. I have to do some cutting on the plow to modify it for use with the Ford tractor and also have a couple of old metal hay racks out in the pasture that need cutting up before I can scrap em.
Took almost three hours to pump out the basement since I decided to use a garden hose and not splurge on the 2 inch hose for the pump. Hopefully next time we get a heavy rain I can go down there and wait to see where this water is coming from.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!