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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2013, 02:50:21 pm »
Tim uses a leg crok for catching ewes, but it does need practice.

You're not wrong about it needing practise - and for anyone hasn't tried it yet, be warned that you can put your back out or dislocate a shoulder very easily if you try to catch a full grown Mule or Texel ewe by the leg in other than a very confined space.
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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2013, 04:47:48 pm »
Tim uses a leg crok for catching ewes, but it does need practice.

You're not wrong about it needing practise - and for anyone hasn't tried it yet, be warned that you can put your back out or dislocate a shoulder very easily if you try to catch a full grown Mule or Texel ewe by the leg in other than a very confined space.
Sally does that mean a neck crook should be easier for us newbies?
Life is like a bowl of cherries, mostly yummy but some dodgy bits

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2013, 05:10:46 pm »
Well, my own experience of large experienced ewes was that I could never catch them at all with a neck crook.  On the odd occasion I did get one around a ewe's neck I bottled and let her go, fearful of throttling her if I stopped her by the neck at the pace she was moving.  I could get a leg crook on an adult ewe ok but found that unsafe for me unless I was in a restricted area.

You can catch them by the leg when they're feeding, but a hefty adult ewe will quite quickly pull free of a wee human lassie (or even a fairly hefty human lassie  ;) :D) in an open space.  And you'll not get close to them with your crook while they're feeding a second time.  (Who is it says sheep are stupid?  If they were stupid why would we all have to spend so long discussing how to outwit them???  :D)

If you can get the ewe or lamb into a restricted area, you can probably catch her/it without a crook at all once you have a bit of experience.  But until then, I found the leg crook the better.

I can catch lambs in the open for the first day or two, using a crook which is sold as a leg crook for adult sheep; the hook is just the right size for the neck of a young lamb. 

In a confined space I now generally scoop lambs up with my hands - you learn how to confuse them into falling over their own or another lamb's legs after a while. ;)

Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2013, 05:22:10 pm »

In a confined space I now generally scoop lambs up with my hands - you learn how to confuse them into falling over their own or another lamb's legs after a while. ;)
I think it will be me who ends up confused and falling over my own legs  :roflanim:
Life is like a bowl of cherries, mostly yummy but some dodgy bits

Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Rcommendations for a crook please
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2013, 05:25:18 pm »
I think you will need to practise with whichever type you go for.
Wear something well padded ... because you are bound to end up on the floor :).

 

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