A Bale of Hay for Herc

@JudyEv (130205)
Bunbury, Australia
December 11, 2015 12:09am CST
I'm sure many of my old friends from Bubblews will remember me posting about Hercules, our pet sheep. We've had other pet sheep before but at the moment Herc is on his own. The feed in his paddock is getting down a bit and he's been standing at the gate bellowing at us. So yesterday we bought him a big round bale of hay. This will last him probably 12 months. He starts eating in the middle and gradually eats his way in. The photo shows him busy demolishing last year's bale. I'll add a comment and post a photo of Oscar being very clever by standing on the bale in a previous year. Herc will be getting shorn soon. I hope to get a video clip of him leaping into the trailer all on his own. Are you dotty over your pets?
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@sallypup (27975)
• Moses Lake, Washington
11 Dec 15
I love your pal's name. We have thought about what having a sheep would be like. We have a pasture pal named Peter. He's a burro- mini donkey.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
How lovely to have a mini-donkey! I do envy you. I'm sure Peter and Herc would get on well.
@sallypup (27975)
• Moses Lake, Washington
11 Dec 15
@JudyEv This is our first time at taking care of a burro in the winter. My hubby built a little burro shed. I hope Peter is doing okay. Its a pain making sure he has thawed out water.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
@sallypup I guess this would be the problem in your winters. Luckily that isn't an issue where we live. Herc has a shed to shelter in but plenty of sheep around here live entirely in the open. Herc runs for his when he is freshly shorn and it starts to rain.
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@jstory07 (69138)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Dec 15
If you have a pet than you should take really good care of them and spoil them.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
Hercules is very spoilt. He gets vegetable and bread scraps as well as his hay.
@sofssu (14448)
11 Dec 15
LOL I call my friend Herc.. Because he is always lifting stuff and doing heavy jobs.., That said.. your picture doesn't show up for some reason.. I wish I could see Herc,
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
I hope you're able to see him now - and Oscar and Buster! We haven't named any of our sheep. They all came to us with names.
• United States
11 Dec 15
I don't remember you from Bubbs so your sheep is 'new' to me!
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
Then you wouldn't have met Oscar either. That is Oscar on top of the bale.
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• United States
11 Dec 15
@JudyEv They love to climb don't they!
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• United States
11 Dec 15
@JudyEv Oscar looks like King of the Hill
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@shshiju (10572)
• Cochin, India
11 Dec 15
Oh! naughty one he is hiding his head
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
I had to put some bread in the hole to get the photo as he was more interested in talking to me.
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@shshiju (10572)
• Cochin, India
14 Dec 15
@JudyEv Does he hit you any time?
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Dec 15
@shshiju He is very gentle and has never shown any sign of being aggressive. Some pet lambs are teased or tormented and then they often become nasty. And he always knows that I am the boss.
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Dec 15
I love the picture! He looks like he has no head. I admit that I am crazy over my two dachshunds.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
It is funny how he just kept eating into the middle of the bale.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
17 Dec 15
@JudyEv It really is. Maybe the hay is sweeter from the middle.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Dec 15
@simone10 It might be that it easier to pull out from the middle.
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@Platespinner (17045)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Dec 15
I would love to add a sheep or two to our menagerie but with my current run of luck said sheep would probably hop the fence and go gnaw on the neighbour's shrubbery.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
Here's Buster. He looks all innocent here but once he was fully grown, we couldn't keep him in his paddock. We eventually gave him away.
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Dec 15
@JudyEv what a baaaaaad boy.
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• United States
11 Dec 15
@Platespinner lol at your baaaaaad boy
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
11 Dec 15
great photo ... he looks very happy with his bale of hay.... yes we're dotty about our dogs ....
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
They all have their unique personalities don't they?
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• United States
11 Dec 15
@JudyEv at one time I had 3 cats and each one had a different personality. Most days I miss having a pet (or pets)
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
@Marilynda1225 Herc is a good pet for us as he is virtually trouble-free and we can leave him for a day or two without any worries. If we're away for longer, it is usually just a matter of someone checking on his water trough.
@sofssu (14448)
11 Dec 15
LOL he looks like he has lost his head in that bale
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
I don't know why he didn't eat from the edges instead of eating into the middle.
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@sofssu (14448)
14 Dec 15
@JudyEv Herc seems to be one of a kind.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Dec 15
@sofssu He was shorn today so I might do a post about him. :)
@Raelove (17315)
• Saco, Maine
12 Dec 15
I remember you writing about him on BB. I have just the one cat now, but I dote on her a lot.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Dec 15
He likes us to open the gate so he can hang out with us if we're working down the paddock. :)
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@Raelove (17315)
• Saco, Maine
12 Dec 15
@JudyEv That sounds familiar, too.
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@Shellyann36 (11278)
• United States
21 Nov 16
It is hard to tell where the hay bale ends and Herc starts! Just kidding, but he does look like that hay bale.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 16
He had a lovely little hole eaten out. I had to put some bread in the hole so he'd put his head in so I could get a photo.
@Elizaby (3806)
• Pensacola, Florida
11 Dec 15
Hope he enjoys this year's bale
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Dec 15
We've barely seen him since we put the bale in his paddock so I think he's pretty happy. :)
• United States
11 Dec 15
I always loved your stories about Herc and glad you will continue to share them here
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
He deserves to have his story told. He is a dear old thing but not always terribly interesting :)
@marijuana (576)
• Tel Aviv, Israel
11 Dec 15
Sheep would be a great pet . The only pet I could commit to at the moment is a gold fish :) not much of a work
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
Do you find he 'follows' you by watching? Some seem to know when they're going to get fed and come to the side of the tank.
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@LoriAMoore (4665)
• United States
11 Dec 15
Herc is so cute. I didn't know that they ate themselves out of of the center of a bale of hay.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
I thought he would start eating the hay from the perimeter but it must be easier to pull it out of the centre.
@LadyDuck (170588)
• Switzerland
11 Dec 15
I remember the photos of Herc, he is funny, he surely loves to put his head inside the bale.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
He is very pleased with his new bale. He hasn't been calling out at all today :)
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@TRBRocks420 (81049)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Dec 15
Yes, I love my animals and, it looks like he is enjoying his hay quite a bit, also cool name.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Dec 15
Hercules was a rescue sheep and was already named when we got him.
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