Spring Peep Posted February 22, 2009 Report Share Posted February 22, 2009 Hello, my four sheep suffered a really mysterious attack of some type last night. It's hard to prevent a repeat with so little that makes sense. I'm hoping someone has seen something similar and can help. I'm near Harrisburg PA and the sheep are in a rented pasture about 1/2 mile away. It is surrounded by woods and they have a two sided shelter. When I stopped in to feed them hay this morning they looked like they had been rolled around in mud but then I saw it was a dark red (they are white-ish hair sheep) and their wool was coated lightly with dry blood. Their mouths (lips really) were all misshapen. The walls of the shed, at mouth level, were smeared with blood, especially where I feed them the hay. The sheep were shell shocked but ate a little hay. I had to go to work but came home early. A woman I work with who has sheep said maybe there were thorns in the hay. I felt through the hay and raked out the hay that was fallen to the ground but didn't see anything. However I needed to work fast to add electronet fencing around the sheep so didn't get to closely examine the hay. But I did look at the sheep closely and there seems to be no injuries except on their mouths. I couldn't see any red gashes but by evening their mouths were even more swollen and their lips looked like they may have been slashed. They were kind of a crusty black and the swelling is uneven. If this was a predator, what would just bite all of them in the face but not hurt them otherwise? Why wouldn't some of them run away? There is anecdotal talk of coyote maybe 3 miles away, but wouldn't a truly wild predator have done more damage/ The landowner said he has seen big possums. And also saw a big dog-like pawprint in the snow earlier in the week but now it was melted. Could this be something in this bale of hay? The injuries appear deeper than what I would expect thorns to do plus there was so much blood on the walls (but not the floor) of the shed. I can't close them securely in a stall (so as to exclude a predator) so I am really worried and hope the electronet will work. Thanks, Debra Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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