laurie etc Posted September 19, 2007 Report Share Posted September 19, 2007 I lost 3 of my 18 sheep to coyotes last night- two recently weaned lambs, and a very large (250#?) working wether. None of the rest have a mark on them. One lamb and the wether were obviously attacked, (throat wounds and gutted). The 4 month old ram lamb was a new one, fairly small, and didn't have a mark on him - I think he was probably trampled. The sheep were on my neighbor's pasture - a 1/4 mile or so down the road from me - fairly isolated - with woods/pasture on 3 sides, and I-81 across the fence on the other side. When my homeowners assoc. decided to pressure me to get rid of the sheep, my neighbor (not part of the subdivision) offered me this 12 acre pasture. I didn't know (until today) that the guy nextdoor to him has had a number of his boer goats picked off by coyotes, and has seen them on his property by spotlight. He keeps a number of donkeys there, too, which apparently don't protect his goats. I thought about it all day, and decided to move the sheep back up the road to my own pasture this evening. I feel like they are "sitting ducks" where they were - now that the coyotes have discovered them. They have never been bothered at my house in well over a year- I also have a donkey and horse that seem to watch over them to a certain extent. I'm guessing that the fact that I have a number of dogs who go out in the yard at odd hours, (and so do a couple of the closest neighbors), may be keeping the coyotes at bay? Is there anything else I can do (short of putting the sheep in the barn every night or getting a LGD) to warn off the coyotes? Would putting human or canine scent around the perimeter help at all? Any suggestions welcome... Laurie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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