Thursday, March 17, 2016
The Flock Cries Foul!!!
The sheep are once again kinda unhappy with me. See I got this new toy, something I am still not sure why I never picked up years ago to be honest. I used to use one when I lived up in South Dakota and worked the livestock auction barn but for some reason I just never thought about using one here.
Yes I bought a shepherd's crook.
Believe it or not the thing works like a charm except for one problem.
The entire flock has now stopped viewing me as a magical food source provider and benevolent bi-pedal demi-god and decided I just might be a top tier predator after all.
I been practicing the old hook activities on a few of the yearlings and now they don't trust me at all. Before last week I could walk up to about 99% of them and give em a pat or scratch their ears and they barely cared I was there. If I entered the pasture most of them came running to see what was going on and if I wanted them somewhere else all I had to do was tell em to "come on" and they came.
Not anymore. Especially if they see me carrying that crook.
I guess I am going to have to just carry it all the time so they can get used to it.
The crook really does make catching individuals much easier but you better be prepared to hang on tight when ya get em hooked. I haven't searched very deeply for any instructional videos or articles but what little searching I did do turned up next to nothing that didn't tell me everything I already knew by looking at the thing. Hook sheep pretty much sums it up. I am still worried I could hurt one of them though but so far I got the hooking part down pretty good and can even unhook em pretty quick if I decide they are too wild. It seems important to be choked up on the shaft as much as possible so they have little room to run after getting hooked.
I will really be able to see how it works when I sort out the slaughter yearlings next week.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!