I’ve been a bit worried about Betty. Underneath that woolly coat, she is painfully thin.
They are all a tad on the lean side.. as is normal this side of winter. We are short of grass, and the rain this week is very welcome.
I had her down as a fussy eater, because she was not that keen on the hay and ivy we gave them through the snowy months.
Look at the difference in their legs, both Barbie and Betty here are last year’s lambs, and Barbie, a Devon closewool, is smaller, but she is bigger boned (my excuse also..)
We got more worried and checked her over. The sheep have been drenched.. could be a sign of fluke perhaps.. but there are not overt signs going on, apart from the low condition. We looked in her mouth to see the colour of her gums etc (nice and pink, where they are not black!) but that was when we noticed something we had missed before. She has a mismatch between the teeth on her lower jaw and the palate pad on the top. She has a large overbite.
Presumably making eating a bit harder. She seems ok with grass… not so good with other forage… It does not bode well for her future, as we need sheep that will do well with grass and forage alone really. We certainly wont want to breed from her (if we do lamb again).
For now though, she is getting extra rations, ewe nuts, to the absolute fury of the other sheep..