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Because of the size of these sheep I could not find a sheep handling equipment that fit this breed of sheep.  I talked with

Deer Mountain Forge and they custom made a Sheep Table and corral which fit the sheep.  The equipment is designed for

me to be able to load and then turn them on their side or back.  Once they are turned,  I have complete access to their head

and underside and can trim feet.  I can handle my biggest ram by myself safely.   The next to the best part, the cost was

comparable to what it would have cost to purchase the non-custom equipment for regular size sheep. 


Deer Mountain Forge also made a rolling cage for me, again designed to fit the Olde English Baby doll sheep.  When an adult

sheep is loaded they push the cage and I can steer them to where ever I need them to be.  I also use it to move lambs.  The

lambs can move freely but they have to go where I want them to go.  Whenever I have to move a ram any distance I use the

cage.  The cage also has a stanchion which holds a ewe when I need to milk her off.  This cage has been a real time saver.  


I  use good quality pony nippers and a hoof pick to trim feet.  The hoof pick I use to pull all dirt out of the hoof so I can

clearly see the length of the toe.   It is easy to get one edge of the pony nippers under the long side of the hoof and to bring

them up even with the pad to trim. The nippers don't require as much hand strength as the traditional foot trimmers which

gives me more control. 

​Olde English Baby Doll - heritage sheep

Sheep feeders

 Made from six-foot long  wooden deck railings.  My husband used these to build a feeder on one side of the sheep shed.  They are

placed at an angle so I can load hay from the top.  He built a small tray out of wood under the feeder so I can feed supplements with

the hay.  We put a thin piece of plywood about half-way down the inside of the railings to to prevent the sheep from pulling hay all

over each other and on the ground.  There is enough room at the bottom to allow them to pull mouthfuls of hay. 


Ewe and lamb collars

Until the lambs are scrapie-tagged I use collars I made to quickly identify mom and baby(ies).   Nylon webbing  in various

colors,  plastic buckles ( which are 1/4" wider than the webbing, fabric glue. (all Items are available on Ebay).  For the mom's collars

I used an old medium size dog collar to gauge the length need (don't forget to include several extra inches for the buckles and

adjustments).  For the lamb collars I measured the necks of the  largest and smallest lamb using pieces of string then I added several

inches to accommodate the buckles and to anticipate growing lambs. For each collar, after I cut the nylon to length,  I folded over  

each end  1/4"  and glued it down to prevent raveling.  I then assembled the collars using the dog collar as the pattern.  I did have a

tendency to reverse the snap and buckle. To resolve that I closed the snap and buckle and attached the nylon.  I created combinations

based on mom's and baby or babies.  There is lots of extra nylon so if next year I need a few more lamb collars it will be no problem

matching them to a set I already have.  


Creep Feeders/Pickup Bed Pen

​ Creep Feeders:  3  six-foot long deck railings ($32.00 at Home Depot or Lowes). He cut one deck railing in half (creating two 3-foot

sections)  He hinged each 3 foot section to a 6 foot section.  He had left over garage door hinges that he used.   We placed each creep

feeder in a corner of the sheep shed.  We tested with the lambs and took out one rail on the corner.  The feeders were handy on 

vaccination and tagging days.  Once the lambs went into the creep feeders for their morning rations I blocked the exit with a piece of

plywood.  The rails are low enough to allow me to to pick up and carry  a lamb to be worked on, leaving the others safely contained. 

 

Pickup Bed Pen:  The two feeders can also be used to create a pen in a pick-up truck.  My husband used both feeders to create a

rectangle pen. Using metal braces he bolted the pen to a 3/4" piece of plywood in the truck bed.  We tied the 2 sections  together (top,

middle, and bottom) leaving one 3-foot side so it could open as a gate.  He fashioned a top using an old gate and wire tied it over the pen.  

Once the sheep were loaded we tied the gate shut.  The sheep were comfortable as the sides of the pick-up protected them but air flowed

freely.  Once on the road they laid down until we reached our destination. ​


    

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