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shropshire_blue

  • Joined Nov 2011
  • Dorset BH21
    • Making Life Exciting Again...
Rcommendations for a crook please
« on: February 22, 2013, 03:35:09 pm »
Hi guys,


I think I need a crook.  Lambs are bloomin impossible to catch!  Any recommendations?  Neck, Leg or Combi?


Cheers

Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 03:42:29 pm »
I have a Colroy Neck crook, that seems to do the job. Never felt the need for a leg crook ... yet.

nicandem

  • Joined Aug 2011
  • Berkeley, Glos
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 04:00:19 pm »
if you look at 'Parliament Today' on televivion, you will see over 600 varieties of crook to choose from :innocent:
















sorry couldn't resist :roflanim:

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013, 04:54:25 pm »
ha ha nicandem  :roflanim:

A sheep leg crook is a neck crook for lambs  ;)  - that's what I use. 
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shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2013, 07:31:57 pm »
The longer the better, i have leg and neck aluminium crooks, they can be bent and straightened no problem

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2013, 11:15:10 pm »
The longer the better, i have leg and neck aluminium crooks, they can be bent and straightened no problem

Trouble is they tend to straighten just when you don't want them to  :roflanim:   Neither OH nor I use a crook, except to pose when judging  :innocent:
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Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2013, 08:05:08 am »
The trouble I find with using a crook is that unless you have it with you all the time, when they see you with it they cotton on to the fact that you want to catch one of them, and they do a runner quick fast!!
« Last Edit: February 25, 2013, 09:22:46 am by foobar »

novicesmallholder

  • Joined Oct 2009
  • Worcestershire
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2013, 11:43:50 am »
We purchased a long neck aluminium crook from Mole Valley Farmers - fantastic!

Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2013, 12:53:14 pm »
We have sold a few recently, both leg and neck models - and had some good feedback.

My advice is to go for a tubelar version as they are lightweight but incredibly strong.


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Pipsa

  • Joined Dec 2012
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2013, 05:27:50 pm »
I bought a crook a week ago - - and used it for the first time yesterday : to catch
an escaped guinea fowl!

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2013, 06:18:10 pm »
Pipsa, you have given me ideas for an escaped dog  :roflanim:
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SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2013, 07:32:14 pm »
I have one of those leg/neck combi crooks, seems to work fine. The trick when catching lambs is to keep it down till you can lift and catch. Having said that, I like to take the whole litter to mark/tag at the same time and so its pointless with multiples. Its handy I was once good at rugby.....

shropshire_blue

  • Joined Nov 2011
  • Dorset BH21
    • Making Life Exciting Again...
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2013, 11:17:38 pm »
Thanks for all the feedback guys! I think the dual neck/leg one will be best for me, and yes - as long as possible.


I'm hoping that by catching them quickly I'll prevent disturbance to the rest of the flock, as at the moment I end up chasing them all round the yard for ages!


They're already numbered and ringed, but we have orf on the farm, and catching them to baktakill is taking a while!

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2013, 11:49:24 pm »
try a salt lick - normally works for me.


I reckon you can forget about getting hold of lambs after they get to 4 days old.

VSS

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Pen Llyn
    • Viable Self Sufficiency.co.uk
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2013, 01:34:07 pm »
Different tools for different jobs - Tim uses a leg crok for catching ewes, but it does need practice. I use a neck crook for ewes and use a combination crook when checking round ewes and lambs.
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