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Giving a sheep a haircut

We're still waiting for the guy to come so we can shear the sheep.  But yesterday, our ram was feeling very friendly and came up to me while I was sitting on the front steps.  I went back inside and grabbed a pair of scissors then sat down on the steps again.  He came over and put his head on my lap and let me trim the wool around his face.  He can see again now.  I filled an entire bucket with wool.  It's probably not any good, as it's full of burrs and stuff and I probably cut the fibers too short to be useful.  He looks more like an actual sheep now, and less like a fuzzy lawn blob.

This afternoon, he came over again while I was sitting outside and he let me trim some more.  I cut an inch or two off his about half of his back and cleaned up a bit around his face.  He's very trusting of me so I stopped and let him go when he started getting tired of it.  Then we gave him some treats.  Hopefully when it comes time to actually shear him, he'll still be that trusting.

I just wish his mother were as tame and would let me trim the wool over her eyes.

Sheep are surprisingly greasy.  But my hands are nice and soft now.



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May. 23rd, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Sheep are AMAZINGLY greasy, at least that breed. And especially just after being sheared, when they become like greased pigs.

Our ram Shaun was pure baby doll like your guys, and having been a bottle lamb on top of that he was extremely tame and trusting. He still didn't like being sheared.
May. 24th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
It probably helped that I was just using scissors, not a noisy pair of clippers. And I was trimming him on his terms, standing up, where he could get away at any time.

He still needs a proper shearing, however. I just gave him a bit of a trim. It would take forever to try to do the whole job using these scissors.
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