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Farmer

  • Joined May 2009
  • Sidway, Staffordshire
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Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« on: May 14, 2009, 09:59:52 pm »
Hi, I have two ewes, each with twin lambs born in April, they are grazing on a half acre paddock and have a supplementary feed of ewe & lamb nuts each morning - in addition they have a bale of fresh straw in their shelter, a bed of dry straw and fresh water daily; so why do they continually bleat? I have examined each of them and can find no problems and they seem fit and healthy and the lambs are growing and developing well. Can anyone offer any suggestions please? Many thanks

doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Clackmannanshire
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Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2009, 10:19:08 pm »
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2009, 10:22:47 pm »
there saying well have we not got it good. Why are you feeding hay the grass should be giving the bulk of feed. A straw shelter can i come to stay your spoiling them. you should see ours with 3 inchs of snow on them they look like moving snow drifts. Thry are probably talking to there lambs. think what its like trying to keep an eye on two young kids.

ballingall

  • Joined Sep 2008
  • Avonbridge, Falkirk
Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2009, 10:43:23 pm »
Its probably just the aftermath of having the lambs. They call to make sure the lambs know where they are, and to make sure they know where the lambs are. Our goats always do that for a couple of weeks after kidding, they call all the time until they are settled back into a routine.

Beth

hexhammeasure

  • Joined Jun 2008
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Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2009, 10:44:46 pm »
Possibly also a mineral deficiency, try giving them a salt lick
Ian

countrygirlatheart

  • Joined Apr 2008
Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2009, 07:16:44 pm »
Annie

Ta very much for the link you put on  .... what a great informative sight ... straightforward and easy to understand for a novice such as myself

doganjo

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Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2009, 10:00:47 pm »
Yes, it looked good to me too.  Not that I have sheep - had enough of them when we had the croft up North.  They are born with a death wish! ;)
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

Farmer

  • Joined May 2009
  • Sidway, Staffordshire
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Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2009, 09:59:01 pm »
Hi,
Thanks for the responses, I'll try a new mineral bucket since they appear to have finished their old one - there may also be something in the comment about being too well looked after as the bleating always increases in tempo and loudness whenever they see me anywhere near the feed containers - maybe like children they think if they call often and loud enough I'll relent and give them even more feed!

I increased my flock today with the introduction of 6 Southdown - X - Portland ewes (4 two year olds and 2 two year olds) - I already have a pedegree Shropshire Ram, a cade Texel Ram and two Texel ewes; our 4 lambs are x Shropshire. Not sure if I will put the Shropshire to the new ewes or put them to a friends Portland or Southdown rams - any advice?

Thanks, Farmer

catomell

  • Joined May 2009
  • Knowstone, North Devon
    • West Kidland Farm
Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2009, 11:38:33 pm »
Can't help with the questions about the breeding, but maybe can add some insight to the noisiness... A friend of mine who is an RSPCA inspector always maintained that the noisy animals were the ones that the RSPCA didn't have to worry about, as those were the ones that were used to being fed on a regular basis. Those that didn't make noise were those who had given up asking for food, and were therefore being silent as being noisy never resulted in the outcome that they hoped for - i.e. food. With my own animals (fed once a day), this is reflected, as the noise level increases significantly when it is feeding time - during the day, I can go in with them, do jobs in the sheds, fields etc with barely a murmur, however, later in the day, when they are expecting food, my face looks remarkably like a bucket full of food.
That's all I have to add.
Catherine.

Farmer

  • Joined May 2009
  • Sidway, Staffordshire
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Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2009, 08:26:28 am »
Hi Catherine,
Thanks for that, its very reassuring; the ewes have always been vocal at feed time and appear quite happy during the day even though they bleat a lot - maybe I worry too much but the well being of all of our animals is of the utmost importance to us - they give so much back and its a privilage to work with them and be accepted by them - we breed Dexter cattle, Gloucester & Tamworth pigs and also keep chickens and ducks and two pet goats and our learning curve with all of them is constant - but so is the pleasure we derive from them.

Many thanks
Farmer

dixie

  • Joined Mar 2009
Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2009, 11:27:50 am »
Mine all make a hell of a racket too! they see me and FOOD!!! I wouldn't worry, they sound fine to me.

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2009, 11:15:18 pm »
Sheep can and do make a racket if they can see the hand that feeds them!.....Now you have increased your flock I hope they all have more than half an acre?
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Farmer

  • Joined May 2009
  • Sidway, Staffordshire
    • Farmeats.com
Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2009, 07:45:24 am »
Hi Thewoolyshepherd,
Thanks for your response, the new ewes are currently in isolation prior to being vet inspected and watched over for a few weeks but they will be grazing out on the main farm when ready - I use the half acre paddock as a nursery for a few weeks after lambing so that I can keep an eye on the lambs and get them used to being handled - it makes life a lot easier if you can catch/handle animals when they need attention; I spend time with all of our animals everyday so they get used to and trust me. I'm too old and overweight to go chasing around the fields these days and anyhow I get real pleasure from having an animal come and greet me rather than seeing me as a potential predator.

Farmer

woollyval

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Near Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Val Grainger
Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2009, 10:43:27 am »
Just a thought.....If you have bought them, wormed them and done all the 'other' management tasks of buying in, why do you need a vet check? I find that whilst the vet can occaisionally be useful many, unless they have sheep themselves have textbook knowledge only!!!
Also by putting such a lot of sheep in such a small space you are asking for a worm/coccxy build up etc neccesitating a lot of use of medications!
Don't worry, I know the need for friendly sheep.....any sheep I have had would knock you over for a bucket....and when you have like I had in the past up to 50 ewes in one field racing towards you it can be difficult not to get knocked over in the rush :D
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Overall winner of the Devon Environmental Business Awards 2009

dixie

  • Joined Mar 2009
Re: Why do my ewes bleat continuously?
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2009, 11:48:50 am »
I only have 4 ewes but they literally lift me off my feet to mug me for the bucket!! Dont think I'd last 2 minutes with a stampede of 50! ;D

 

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