Every morning, I let the sheep out of their fenced in area so that they can free-graze until I’m ready to leave for the day. I do the same thing in the evening and put them up before I go to bed. This morning, the sheep decided they were going to attempt to get into the bale of hay (this is one of those huge 800 pound bales of hay) which is set on top of pallets and covered with several tarps to keep it dry (and to keep the sheep out of it). We went for a walk and when we got back, I saw that the sheep were attempting to get at the hay so I sent Gel around to push them off the hay. All but one, who had her head stuck in a hole in the tarp happily munching on hay, moved off. Gel walked up on the remaining sheep, but she was so busy eating, she didn’t notice. When he was standing right next to her, waiting for my permission to bite her to make her move, and she still didn’t move, I thought maybe her head was stuck. I walked up beside Gel and suddenly, the sheep figured out she was no longer in the company of other sheep. She pulled her head out from under the tarp, saw the dog, who was still standing right next to her, and took off like the hounds of hell were after her. The look on her face was hysterical!
Under normal conditions, I’d have the sheep in ElectroNet so they could graze, but since we have virtually no grass and the ground is too dry for the ElectroNet to work properly, I keep them up in a large fenced-in area and let them out to graze when I’m home to keep an eye on them. Hopefully we’ll get enough rain over the winter and into the spring so that I can resume using my ElectroNet.