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  1. Here is Bonnie taking the flock out a couple of days ago. There is no original sound because , well nothing was said obviously, and you don't need to hear me being out of breath :). I'm sorry about the shaking but I can't find the stabilizing function on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHRj3SECwCw&t=2s As a comparison, here is Bonnie's teeny-lamb intelligence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tjmegvog0-c Bonnie's gosling intelligence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNGYKne7AHI And her Bonnie's ewe&lams smarts, and then she is searching for chickens and finds them, and then her penning smarts (older style with out the handler at the pen): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtJ2926VZ84 This last video she could still hear (at 4 yo), except when I went to a clinic Iater that year realized that I was really shouting in comparison with all other handlers.
  2. Maja

    Ram horn growth and castration

    I guess I will never know the mystery of ram horns.
  3. Maja

    Ram horn growth and castration

    My logic is just fine :). Skudde females have no horns. Surgically castrated skudde males have no horns. Intact skudde males have beautiful horns. Shashlik the skudde has horns. So either Shashlik is not a wether, or there is something odd about burdizzo ´╗┐castration.
  4. Maja

    Ram horn growth and castration

    But it doesn't make sense. So you have horned burdizzo castrated rams, and I have (had) hornless surgically castrated rams. Being hornless after surgical castration is not dependent on a breed. Obviously in burdizzo castration something different is going on than in surgical castration. And I would like to know what it is.
  5. Maja

    Ram horn growth and castration

    The burdizzo is supposed to crush the cords and the blood vessels and thus cause the testicles to atrophy which makes it a castration, since if there are testicles it is not a castration, but sterilization ( I had to read up on this to clarify it in me wee brain). So, yes I think it is possible that Shashlik's castration ended up being a 'vasectomy', but that does not explain Smalahundur's wethers' growing horns (@Smalahundur, from what I understood, your burdizzo wethers always grow horns, right?) - they can't all be mistakes. (I am not going to have any castrated rams; I'm just asking out of curiosity.)
  6. So I moved here, since Smalahundur and I were talking about rams in a different topic. So the thing is this: Smalahundur said that his rams castrated by the burdizzo method still grow horns. Castrated rams I used to have always stopped growing horns instantly upon castration, which was done surgically. I have Shashlik which I got as a gift sort of, and he had been castrated with the burdizzo clamps, and I always suspected that his castration was somewhat failed and that he ended up with a vasectomy, since his horns are impressive. But now Smalahundur tells me that all his burdizzo castrated rams grow horns. So I am confused. Anybody has the horn/castration relationship figured out?
  7. That's a good hypothesis, except you are looking at Shashlik - his horns are actually bigger than those of an intact ram his age, and I talked to his previous owner and it looks like his a result of a failed burdizzo castration, he is still sterile but probably the blood vessels were not all damaged. And skudde ewes don't have horns, and when surgically castrated rams' horn growth is arrested instantly, so within the same breed you have a very drastic difference in horns' reaction to neutering depending on the method. Very interesting.
  8. I beg to differ somewhat : His looks do not point to a true wether because if you remove the testicles the horns stop growing. Here is wether Mikkey, he is first from your left, next to Ramzes the ram; you can see little horn buds on Mikkey the size of his 3 mo brother to the right. I am wondering how come the horns keep growing with burdizzo castration, if the testes are supposed to atrophy? Maybe it really takes a long time? I don't know what was done to Shashlik exactly, he has balls, but smaller; he jumps on ewes. He is very docile towards people. The main tup fights with him during mating season and Shashlik gives it right back. But there has been no indication that he has fathered any lambs.
  9. I think a lot depends on when the vasectomy is performed, which in his case was when he was still a lamb. Shashlik has very small testicles, and definitely does not act like a ram his age would. All the fully castrated rams I ever had, showed an instant arrest of horn growth upon castration, so I am curious how exactly castration is performed in Iceland (I hope this won't be perceived as hijacking the thread ). (Concerning Ramrod, and e.g. earlier ram Rambo, it is very humbling when your safety depends on a 15 kilo dog.)
  10. So wethers with vasectomy grow wide horns? It's funny because strangers are afraid of Shashlik who is very sweet, and they never notice Ramrod whom they should at least watch if not fear.
  11. I have a ram that had vasectomy instead of castration. We were talked into taking him for free with the ewes we were buying, and we've kept his as he is a really good lead ram
  12. Yesterday, I risked the harder version - taking the sheep to the pasture, and everything went fine, except for having some difficulty to "call" her off at the end. Yes, the place is so beautiful I envy myself everyday.
  13. Well, you know life itself is a temporary arrangement . So within this paradigm, and setting aside the still-unpacked-boxes, this farm took to us instantly and we are really at home here.
  14. I've tried to 'train' with Bonnie on balance, but you can't fool a dog like that. She knows I am just letting her noodle about with the sheep, and we are not really working. So twice a day, I break her heart by doing chores with Darinka. And here in the new place all the well-know routines were broken and Bonnie out of her depth. But today, I have a little bit of better news. We had fenced in there pastures, but there are areas still unfenced that are used when moving the flock from place to place. So today I took Bonnie to the lower pasture and had this grand plan to bring the sheep on balance. The whole path of ca. 200 yds is unfenced with the following straying options: (a) neighbor's yard (2) deep dark forest (3) road with and additional option of falling into a deep ditch (4) more deep dark forest (5) neighbor's pasture (6) really lots of deep dark forest. So as I said, I had this grand plan to bring the sheep home on balance. Fat chance. I have the Queen of Drive after all, don't I? I let Bonnie off the leash, opened the gate, and yes, you guessed it, before I could do anything, the flock rushed past me followed by Bonnie, who drove them at a smart pace toward home. On the way, the sheep took a detour to have apple snacks, and Bonnie didn't know what to do, so she went forward and waited for me alert and ready (so that the sheep were between me and her.). When I eventually hobbled up the hill, she was there waiting, and I sent her on a flank to fetch the flock, which she did, and then brought them to the sheep barn. We shall gloss over the fact that Bonnie was not pleased with the tempo in which the sheep entered the pen so she took them out and had them re-enter it properly -- for in the end everything went better than I had hoped. And the little rascal was happy. Because she knows the difference between real work and pretend. So this is can be the basis for establishing new routine and giving Bonnie work.
  15. Maja

    Seimur at work

    Smalahundur, Don't worry we ain't fooled for a second, and nobody is dreaming secretly of moving to Iceland .