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bloomer

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shepherds crooks?
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:19:57 am »
do people use these?


for helping to catch an individual sheep in a pen full etc?


if so what do people use/recommend?






SallyintNorth

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2014, 10:33:54 am »
I used them when I was starting, for catching sheep in a pen, yes.  I still use them for catching lambs.

I use the lightweight aluminium type.  Eg these

My favourite is a short leg crook, which is the right size to be a neck crook for lambs.

I have used a full-size neck crook, but don't have the upper-body strength to hold onto a commercial ewe that way.  You could catch your Shetlands ok with one though ;)

There is one that has a neck crook at one end and a leg crook at the other.  That doesn't suit me, but it might you.
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Foobar

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2014, 10:37:14 am »
I have a Ritchey ColRoy neck crook and that's nice and light.

Fleecewife

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2014, 11:10:45 am »

The only time I use a crook is when I'm posing around judging  :roflanim:  For catching sheep in pens, I would crowd them into the corner then take hold of the one I want (not by its wool, ever). If the pen is too big to do that, so you find yourself running round it chasing the sheep, you need to close down the pen to make it smaller.  For catching them out in the open, I don't.  Occasionally Mr F has to catch a new born Heb lamb to do its navel, tag, sex etc (Heb lambs are up and running like the clappers within a few minutes so if you miss them being born it can be a problem, and if they need castrating when I few days old, well, it's near impossible to catch the little blighters, but a crook wouldn't help) - so, he has perfected a sort of rugby tackle, but I can't do that.  Can't run either.
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Yeoman

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2014, 11:12:34 am »
I like them, particularly for rocket propelled lambs!

I use an old fashioned wooden neck crook.  Very handy when they are almost tame so they come close but not too close.

They are also great for leaning on when chattering!

Anke

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2014, 12:23:19 pm »
I use mine to keep an over-eager tup at bay, but not to catch any adults. Have also got one for catching lambs, but again rarely use it.

Rosemary

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2014, 06:54:16 pm »
Use mine more for shoo-ing cattle and sometimes sheep. Sometimes for lambs but I'd never stop a ewe with one.

shygirl

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2014, 06:58:07 pm »
we used them sometimes, the neck type, mainly for catching a flighty goat in the stable( ::) yes really) when im on my own and short of patience.

Me

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2014, 07:00:33 pm »
I think they are great for moving sheep, walking up and down the hills, extra leg to spread the weight on the bogland, sadly I break them regularly though!

Herdygirl

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2014, 07:29:57 pm »
Two years ago Father Christmas brought me a lovely blue aluminium one  :)   I wanted blue as was forever losing them, as I tend to chuck them as i get down and wrestly with the odd naughty sheep or tup.  Its been bent a few times but i just straighten it out.

bloomer

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2014, 07:32:56 pm »
thank you everyone...

bazzais

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2014, 07:47:18 pm »
I have found them useful for waving around - and also useful for getting sheepies out of brambles - but ya cant catch them with one in my limited experience. :)

The alu one is my best as well - cos you can run over it and make it straight again :)

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2014, 07:24:07 am »
I found something while clearing the garage might do to try the theory before buying a posh one..
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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2014, 07:26:17 am »
thank you ellied...

Carse Goodlifers

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Re: shepherds crooks?
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2014, 08:07:21 am »
I have an intension of trying to make one over this winter.
I went to the presentation at Lanark last year from the local crookmakers group - it was great.
I quizzed them again at this years show too.
I bought the shanks and blank heads this year at the Game Fair at Scone and so I just need to make a start to them all.
It probably wont be practical for catching ewes but they would be strong enough for lambs (if we had any :().

 

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