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post #1 of 5 Old 03-23-2010, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Look what we found!

Sunday morning we get a call from a friend asking if our sheep is in the road... umm no, we don't own sheep! We go down and sure enough, theres a sheep! Took us half an hour to catch the thing, with the help of my fiance's 90 year old grandmother hahaha. We have it in one of our empty horse stalls right now, but we have noo idea what to do with the poor thing. We drove all over trying to find its home, but no one knows where it came from!
It just starts yelling and running in circles when anyone comes in the barn. I don't want to put it in with my goats, they've probably got 50 pounds on the little critter and both are horned. We left a message with the neighbor that has a couple sheep seeing if she will take it so its not alone here, hopefully she will.
This is definately the goofiest looking sheep I have ever seen, I can't help but looking at it and laughing. Its a huge puff with skinny little legs haha.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-23-2010, 12:52 PM
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aww poor little guys got separated from his buddies, i hope your neighbor takes him/her or you could always tame it and make it a pet :) we used to have a pet sheep years ago... he was HUUUUGE well we tried putting him back with the other sheep but he was scared of them. he was quite happy to play guard dog at the front of the farm
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-23-2010, 01:16 PM
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I know next to nothing about sheep breeds, my experience with them is limited to the work my dogs do with them at the stockdog trainers! However, with the way your wandering kiddo's fleece looks, he has a resemblence an awful lot like the most recent additions to my trainers flock, which were katahdin hair sheep - not terribly common or cheap, to my understanding. Particularly if it's so much smaller than your goats - because they are breeding miniature varieties - when I had my goats, I rarely saw a sheep that was any smaller and most were bigger, but I had LaManchas, which can be on the petite end of the dairy goat scale. It's a long shot, but might be worth calling around to your local livestock vet and feed store/grain mills to find out who in the area has them, or if anyone is missing any!

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-23-2010, 01:35 PM
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Raised sheep a long time and it doesn't look like any of the hair breeds to me. I'd say Black Welsh or Shetland. The staple length would be correct for either. Both are smaller, very hardy breeds.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-24-2010, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Well the poor little critter is still here, the neighbor hasn't called back yet (left a message with her young son, so she probably never even got it). The sheep seems fairly friendly, she stomps her feet when I go in the stall, but then comes right up to me. She doesn't want to be touched, but seems content just standing next to me.
Shes definately not haired. I am really only familiar with dorsets. In camparison shes about 3/4 the height of a dorset, and probably only 1/2 the weight. She could just be very young. Her wool is also not as tight, and is about 1 1/2 times the length of a dorset. She also is polled. So maybe she is a black welsh?
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