A free-choice salt block and mineral block should be provided, and the mineral block should be for sheep, not horses. As far as grain goes, lambs are a different story. Any breed of sheep makes a good pet, with some miniature breeds making popular pets. At some point, though, you will have to move them out of that area and let it rest or even reseed it. Hoof growth is affected by many different factors. Best/Sis. This lamb named Krissy has taken a liking to Tacoma the Great Pyrenees. Wethers can have a lot of personality, be less skittish than ewes, and can make better pets according to some. He's a bit more vocal than usual and very antsy. Thanks for commenting :). Do the smell test: Does it smell good to you? He was on 250ml 4x a day but I've cut him down to 300ml 3x a day, I cut down one whole feed and he doesn't seem to be happy about it. Most sheep need their hooves trimmed at least annually. When sheep are co-mingled with other livestock, you need to make sure they do not consume feeds or mineral mixes that have been formulated for other livestock and contain added copper. The ingested food is then regurgitated after undergoing some initial digestive processes and returned to the mouth in the form of a “cud,” a ball of partially-digested food. This makes them excellent safe pets for everyone. And don’t let them run away! This is probably why sheep were domesticated in the first place, before most other animals. You must be prepared for a long-term commitment when keeping goats. As with any pet, the decision to keep sheep as pets should not be done on an impulse. You must have your sheep shorn every year, in the spring, before it gets hot. Yes, they are excellent pets….IF they are allowed to be sheep first and foremost. Niche Pets April 13, 2018 10:17 am May 24, 2020. They also know the face and voice of their owner and can get very attached to them. Instead of worming on a schedule, we have switched to worming when there is a problem. Raise a flock of sheep in your backyard. They can make good pets because they are a gentle animal and respond well to human contact. Ideally, you should have an acre or two for your pet sheep to graze. Sheep kept as pets may never be expected to act like “farm sheep” and produce quality wool or large lamb crops, but a sheep is still a sheep and needs to be cared for as such. The other issue is that rams that have been handled a lot and given no reason to fear, and therefore respect, humans, simply won’t see anything wrong with butting you in the knees or knocking down someone’s children. Technically, the sheep (Ovis aries) is a four-legged, small ruminant mammal. Mature sheep are immune to coccidia but serve as reservoirs of infection. The tetanus antitoxin can be given to young lambs whose dams were not vaccinated. They are less likely to get fat if they are consuming a strictly forage diet: hay, grass, browse, etc. Sheep are social animals and should live in pairs, though a dog or goat can also be a good companion. A mule cross and a White Faced Dartmoor with coloured Southdowns behind. Sheep, for the most part, aren’t wired to become cuddly pets like dogs or even goats. They can be playful and comical animals that form close bonds with their people. A lots of people are getting into sheep farming because sheep are quite easy to raise when compared to other type of livestock. The American Sheep Industry’s online breed directory is a great place to start. Hoof care For one thing, the animals have already been suffering. Hair sheep are probably the best good choice because they do not require shearing or docking. If fed and managed properly, most pet sheep maintain good health and live for a long time. 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