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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
What do you call your sheep?
« on: January 13, 2016, 10:21:04 pm »
OK, I'm stuck in a nasty plastic hotel room a long way from home, and I'm dreaming of my wee flock back home in the snow.

I have a problem though - what should I call them? No, not their names, but if I want them to come to me.

Our neighbours either whistle or yell "Meeeeh", but I can't do the first, and refuse to do the second. Equally, I'm embarassed to be heard yelling "sheeeep!!".

Any ideas?  ;D
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ladyK

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Conwy Valley
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2016, 10:39:09 pm »
I call them with a rhythmical 'sheep sheep' (on repeat if necessary) Sounds a bit like 'cheep cheep'. Not at all like 'sheeeeep!'. Maybe as silly, works for me though  ;D
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2016, 11:22:15 pm »
"Come oooOOOOOOONNNNN" for the sheep, or sometimes "Come on girls"

"Lambiiieeeesss" for pet lambs

"pigpigpigpigpigpigPigPigPIGPIGPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGG" for the pigs

"Hillie" or "Plenty" or "Katy" for the Jerseys.  They know their names.

"Two dogs" for the collies.  Both collies are Two Dogs, both collies are Skip, only Dot is Dot.  (Skip knows he's Skip but Dot doesn't know she isn't Skip.)  :love: :dog:
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2016, 11:27:57 pm »
I shout 'come OOOOOON sheep', repeat, repeat.  Of course they don't know what the words mean, but they recognise the pattern of the words.  When I yell out 'hEn-loos' the sheep don't think I'm calling them, and likewise the hens don't come when I call the sheep - unless there's an accompanying rattle of a feed bucket, in which case the hens are there before the sheep  ::)

One neighbour sounds his tractor horn repeatedly, which is very annoying to all around, one shouts out cuss words, and each shepherd has his own call - doesn't confuse neighbouring flocks I suppose.

I must say I don't give a hoot what the neighbours think, but they have never objected nor laughed at my musical calls.
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Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2016, 11:35:45 pm »
I don't have sheep but the goats come to their names. The dogs answer to "Dooooogs" or Daisy or Victor or Pirate gets all three of them.

waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2016, 12:29:07 am »
I say come on  and use the word sheeeep too. The words come on usually work though, cause the sheep know its feeding time then ;D
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Badger Nadgers

  • Joined Mar 2013
  • Derbyshire/North Staffs
  • Teeswater & Hebridean
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2016, 06:36:05 am »
No, not their names, but if I want them to come to me.

Glad you said that, mine seem to be called "Little B*ggers" and I was tempted to go for that a as a flock name.

Mine's just a variation of "come on" that came about from the acoustics of where i am and seemed to carry well.

mojocafa

  • Joined Sep 2012
  • Angus
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2016, 07:02:51 am »

In your absence I can just hear your sheep  :innocent:



Last night I heard womble singing a song
Oo e chirpy chirpy sheep sheep
Woke up next morning and Womble had gone   
Of e chirpy chirpy sheep sheep chirpy chirpy sheep sheep chirp
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CarolineJ

  • Joined Dec 2015
  • North coast of Scotland
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2016, 07:05:57 am »
I just rattle a bucket and they come galloping over.  Bella knows her name and is lead sheep, so 'Bella, Bella, Bella' will get their attention if I don't have a bucket.  They occasionally get a bit of Beyonce - 'All the single ladies' - sung at them, but they're not generally impressed with that...
Next door uses 'Come on', down the road uses 'Pet, pet, pet'.

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2016, 07:57:32 am »
 :roflanim:


I think I'll go for come on, or maybe ooooeeee then!  :thumbsup:


TBH, I've only just got used to calling them Yowes and not Ewes. Initially it felt really uncomfortable, like I was pretending to be a member of a club I didn't belong to. However, I then realised that saying Ewes was actually having the opposite effect.
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Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2016, 08:20:35 am »
"Sheeeeep" or "Come on girls". Meg's deaf and Bryn answers to nothing not even "Get your little Welsh arse in here"  ;D

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2016, 08:26:42 am »
Sheepies as distinct from Ponies if I want the horses/donkeys/mules, we used to use Ho up for the cattle.

nimbusllama

  • Joined Nov 2010
  • Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2016, 08:49:21 am »
I too use 'sheeep'.... I tell my 'normal' friends I have remote controlled sheep! and they love a demonstration!
I use 'llaaaamas' to call the llamas from a distance, but then Boudica or Nimbus if nearby.... they know their names!  :thumbsup:

Louise Gaunt

  • Joined May 2011
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2016, 08:52:17 am »
I don't have sheep but my hens respond to " come along ladies" spoken of course in a posh, Miss Marple sort of voice. I am well away from our farmer neighbour's earshot!, :roflanim:  but I do like the idea of a tuneful chirpy chirpy sheep sheep!

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: What do you call your sheep?
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2016, 09:04:54 am »
BAAAAAA   HOE,  BAAAAA HOE   -------   for the sheep   :sheep:


PECK, PECK       ........    for chickens and quail    :chook:

JOEYS                 ........   for budgies


Dogs, cats and rabbits know their names.    :dog: :cat: :bunny:

 

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