This is an overview of our sheep..... We bought 6 ewe lambs and 2 ram lambs of a special breed of sheep. They come in all colors and are very hardy. They do eat a LOT of grass and hay....much more than the goats. They also travel through the pastures more than the goats. When we got the sheep in 2011 they were very scared of people. If they saw us they would run away unless it was feeding time. They are still wary of other people and so far only let Kathrin pat them.
These are the ewe lambs when they first arrived. We were still working on the barn so they had to listen a lot of noisy building and had people around all the time.
When the lambs were born we put them in smaller areas with just their mom to make sure they had time to bond without other sheep getting in the way. After a few days we let them rejoin the flock.
Several of the sheep have gotten tamer. One of the grown sheep now loves a lot of eye contact with me, lots of patting and she definitely loves to hear sweet words. She lets me touch her face, ears, horns and pretty much everywhere. It's pretty lovely. Most of the 5 lambs from this year love to be patted by me also. They still are wary of other people.
This is the lamb named "Fauna" and you can see how fast she's grown. She's very sweet and runs up to me to be patted.
The sheep move around from pasture to pasture during the day and one of their areas is the edge of the forest where they clamber over the stone walls and hang out in the shade when it's too hot in the sun. Remember, they have been growing a new wool coat since spring and they get hot pretty fast!