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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: kelly58 on April 22, 2015, 10:39:43 am

Title: Horns
Post by: kelly58 on April 22, 2015, 10:39:43 am
On checking the sheep this morn spotted   one of my ram lambs from last year has a small hole in his horn near his head.
He is in  with another ram lamb so obviously  they have a run in now an then.
I know theres a post on here about what to do but l cant find it !
Could anyone advise  pls  :sheep:
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: kelly58 on April 22, 2015, 08:29:39 pm
Ok, so nobody has horned sheep ! Thanks for the response  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: Dogwalker on April 22, 2015, 08:48:36 pm
Have horned sheep, have no experience of holes in their horns and have only just sat down for the day. ;)

When one of my angora does broke her horn leaving a big hole to her head I plugged it with silicon sealant.  Not sure that was the right thing to do but it kept flies and dirt out and she lived with it like that for a few years before culling.

Title: Re: Horns
Post by: Coximus on April 22, 2015, 09:26:09 pm
put 3 or more in together - Put two rams in and they will often fight to the death - 3 they tend to get a pecking order but otherwise not fight much
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: Herdygirl on April 22, 2015, 09:48:33 pm
Most of us are too busy to sit down all day at the computer Kelly58... its lambing, calving, chick time.  The weather means most TASER's are outside at this time of year working.  I think Dogwalker's idea seems sensible.
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: on April 22, 2015, 10:07:53 pm
sorry mine don't have horns!!! 
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: princesslayer on April 22, 2015, 10:31:53 pm
Mine have horns. One of mine appeared to have a crack in the horn where it joined the head, couldn't see it but it bled and she rubbed and fussed it a lot. Plastered yellow fly cream on it through the summer and eventually it healed on its own, but took a while. Not a hole as such, but maybe helpful.
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: Treud na Mara on April 22, 2015, 10:34:16 pm
I would have thought a dab of Spot On would be good to discourage investigating flies and the silicone sealant sounds like a good idea after that too. Just keep an eye on it for any further problems.
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: kelly58 on April 23, 2015, 09:03:22 am
Yes, l sit down at a computer part of the day, thats my full time job. I rise at 6am,sort the animals then go to work.
When l return l check animals again then do whatever job is on the list for building  the house we part live in .
Before it goes dark I check animals again , with dogs. Then l sort out any paperwork and orders for the next day.
Along the way food is consumed. I know and fully understand  its a busy time of year for anyone who keeps animals, been doing it for 20 yrs. I felt a sense of urgency to sort the tups horn before anything gets infected.
Anything needed from vets l would pick up on route home from work.
Sorry if you had a long day Herdygirl  and it lrked you l was sat down at a computer, but its what pays for the build and the animals l keep. Many thanks to all who responded l AM very grateful  for your time.  :chook: :dog: :goat: :horse: :sheep:
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: Herdygirl on April 23, 2015, 10:14:21 am
I wasn't having a go at you Kelly58 I was trying to explain why you didn't get the immediate answer you expected from people who might know.  If you were offended by the explanation then I can't help that and I am sorry.
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: Foobar on April 23, 2015, 11:09:29 am
I saw your post yesterday and thought how has it got a hole in the horn? ... then got side tracked and did something else :)

How big is it, is there flesh showing, is it bleeding?  Do you actually need to do anything?
Title: Re: Horns
Post by: kanisha on April 23, 2015, 11:27:54 am
Have known these type of holes to get flystruck. Currently after the loss of a horn my wether still has a hole in the top of his head leading directly into the sinus...... it hasn't healed over the winter and now is the time to seal it  to prevent any potential for problems. I would go with a silicone sealant as has been suggested.