Thursday, April 21, 2011


Every. Sheep. Escaped.

Update 8:26PM: All the sheep are back in the pasture. They escaped by lifting a weak piece of fence like a tent flap and shimmied through. A helpful neighbor, Sarah, and her two dogs helped me get them back into the pasture gate from the wood and after all the chaos was over I ran up to her place with a carton of eggs and a thank you. Tonight I did my best to secure it and dumped a whole bale of hay inside to temper any nightly escape plans. This weekend I'll run a line of barbed wire at nose level around the base. I am beat.

Gibson can't help yet with herding them. He's a year-old puppy who is too excited and he would just chase them right down the road into the highway if I let him lose. All I needed to do was call them and bribe them back inside with the promise of sweet grain. But hopefully by this time in the fall, he will have enough experience, lessons, and work with me to be working here. The trainer told me it takes a new handler with a new dog up to three years to become a team.

For my next trick:
I will be watching the rest of Gone With the Wind with a glass of wine.


Blogger Jennifer said...

NO! How?

Sending you "sheep get back in the pen" thoughts.

April 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

crap! Thats my worst fear, I return from work and find fence down, critters out. Good Luck n Keep us posted. Very windy

April 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Wow, that must be a record. I hope they all go back in with minimal hassle. Have a BIG glass of cider when the dust settles.

April 21, 2011 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, do you let Gibson help herd them all back in when this happens? He sure would be handy right about now. I hope y'all got them all back in and find out how they got out. I hope you also have a long weekend.

April 21, 2011 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

:) I was chasing goats yesterday.

April 21, 2011 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Glad all are well and back in the pasture. Your glass of wine sounds like just what the doctor ordered!

April 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

DarcC: I am thinking about it all. And interested, but I have some concerns, can you call me tomorrow?

April 21, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Christine Izzo said...

So glad you got them back in safe and sound and found out exactly how they were getting out. Enjoy the rest of your evening and that glass of wine!

April 21, 2011 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Hope they stay put for a while - what a pain in the butt at the end of a long hard week!
Enjoy Gone With The Wind - pure escapism is needed after an evening like you had. Enjoy your long weekend.

April 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

No long weekend at Orvis. I'll be at work in the morning.

April 21, 2011 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger jpark22 said...

Goats & sheep are escape artists - watch out,once they find out they can get out, they'll find a way again and again.

April 21, 2011 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Maybe the nice folks at Premiere 1 would trade you some electric sheep netting for ad space on the blog? The breeder I got my sheep from said they will push at the base of the fence and then happily slide underneath. Netting or a hot wire should stop them, especially now that they have less padding to shield them from the jolt.

April 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

One of my favorite moments was when Jordan was just going to bed and yelled, "Mom, the sheep are out!" She had looked out her bedroom window and watch the sheep go wandering by. The next hour was fun! Fortunately it was the middle of summer and still light out.

April 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Please reconsider barb wire. I hate the stuff. It is nasty and will rip gashes through animals. Please think about electric. It's cheap and easy and works. All you need is one wire on the inside, about chest height (the animal chest, not yours). Put the wire on 6" insulators so the sheep can't even get to the mesh fence. It works and won't rip your animals to shreds. :-)

April 22, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

And now is a great time to use electric since they've just been sheared! They'll definitely feel it.

April 22, 2011 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

what a pain.

i agree with katiegirl and wouldn't introduce barbed wire when electric is a better and much safer deterent. they'll test the fence again, barbed wire or not, and the result could be quite damaging to your flock and bank account and possibly CSA supporters.

if you know the fence you currently have does not contain your livestock why not invest in better fencing or have at least one field professionally installed?

A wise man once said "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

April 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I have no intention of setting up a new barbed-wire fence. I just need to make sure while I am at work they aren't escaping into the road where teenagers speed and they could cause car accidents.

A new fence would be great, and a great investment, but you are looking at thousands of dollars. I just don't have that yet, and so i will most likely line the current fence with electricity. but until I cna set that up, a line of barbed wire at that weak point keeps them, and the drivers in jackson, safe for a few days.

it will be removed soon as I can remove it and go towards electric.

April 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Your flock just wants you to have the full experience. Every once in a while a calf gets out from the pasture down the road where I live. Luckily they usually stay close to the fence bawling for mommy once they find out there separated.

April 23, 2011 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

Don't you already have the wire and offsets from when you had Finn? I would put a string 6" up from ground and another mid way up fence and set up the charger. Grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

April 23, 2011 at 7:09 AM  

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