The fly-blown sheep gets a bit of TLC

@JudyEv (286527)
Rockingham, Australia
September 19, 2022 1:43am CST
I’ve written about our house-sitting and how we’ve had responsibility for 23 sheep. Yesterday, we went down to feed the sheep and had to treat one that was fly-blown. Blowflies had laid their eggs in the dirty, wet wool around her tail. These eggs had hatched into maggots and were feeding on her flesh. With help, we clipped off all the ‘bad’ wool and poured a solution over the affected parts. Today, we went down to see if she had survived the night. She was laying down but got up and walked a short distance when we approached her. The photo is of the sheep we treated, You can see the wool has been removed from her back end. She felt well enough to eat some pellets and we are hopeful that she will now survive.
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@rebelann (101635)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Sep
Oh wow, I didn't realize it could be that serious. I'm beginning to understand why sheep are shorn all the time. I don't suppose bathing sheep would be beneficial, would it? Well, with 23 of them giving baths would be an everyday job I suppose.
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@rebelann (101635)
• El Paso, Texas
21 Sep
I've learned something new. Up until now I always thought sheep in general grew wool that could be shorn and I figured if there were wild sheep .... hmmm, I've never heard of wild sheep or for that matter wild chickens .... they'd shed once a year anyway.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
21 Sep
@rebelann When mankind learnt to spin and weave they started breeding from the animals with the most wool I guess and it just went on from there.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
21 Sep
There are different breeds of sheep. These here shed their wool and don't grow a lot in the first place. Sheep bred for wool are shorn once a year. These breeds are often 'dipped' (washed) to get rid of lice/ticks etc. Small flocks aren't often washed in this way.
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@LadyDuck (408509)
• Switzerland
19 Sep
I hope that the poor sheep can recover.
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@LadyDuck (408509)
• Switzerland
19 Sep
@JudyEv The fact that she is enjoying food is a good sign.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Sep
@LadyDuck Yes, I was pleased to see her eating so well.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Sep
She looked quite good today and she had a good feed of pellets so if she just lays down for the rest of the day she will have had enough to eat.
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@GardenGerty (147289)
• United States
20 Sep
You are doing your best and now nature will do some as a partner.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Sep
I haven't been down to them this morning but will go down soon.
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@BarBaraPrz (38496)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
19 Sep
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Sep
I'm hoping tomorrow won't bring any more dramas. A quiet day would be good.
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@FourWalls (47182)
• United States
20 Sep
I’m glad she seems to be improving!
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Sep
We took her more pellets this morning and I'm sure she is going to be fine now.
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@DaddyEvil (94591)
• United States
19 Sep
Her getting up was the first good sign and being interested in eating was the next. I think she may be okay.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Sep
I think so too. The pellets are very nutritious so if she just rests the rest of the day and doesn't graze it won't matter.
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@DaddyEvil (94591)
• United States
19 Sep
@JudyEv I hope she'll be fine.
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@RebeccasFarm (73897)
• United States
20 Sep
The poor thing God love it.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Sep
There are several of the sheep that are really past their use-by date.
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@jstory07 (124595)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Sep
I read in your other post she did not survive. How old is she.
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@jstory07 (124595)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Sep
@JudyEv Poor sheep. Did you tell the owners?
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Sep
She would be old but I don't really know how old. Maybe 8 or 10 years but that's just a guess.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Sep
@jstory07 Yes, we rang to find out if they had any shears or flystrike powder.
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@wolfgirl569 (61136)
• Marion, Ohio
19 Sep
Looks like a good start. Glad she wanted to eat. Thats always a good sign
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Sep
And by eating the pellets, it won't matter if she doesn't get around to grazing very much.
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@Ronrybs (16645)
• London, England
21 Sep
Sounds like you got there in time, but a worrying moment none the less
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@magallon (18763)
• Philippines
19 Sep
Hopefully she will recover
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Sep
I'm hoping so too and I'm very hopeful after seeing her today.
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@porwest (58427)
• United States
22 Sep
Oh man, that does not sound like a fun experience at all for the sheep. Hopefully the sheep will be all right.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
23 Sep
She seemed okay for a day or two but didn't look so good yesterday.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Sep
@porwest We've left her in the care of her owner now but we'll find out later what the outcome is.
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@porwest (58427)
• United States
23 Sep
@JudyEv Keep us posted. Poor sheep.
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@CarolDM (192251)
• United States
22 Sep
Happy to see this sheep eating and improving. Thanks for the update.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
23 Sep
She didn't look so good yesterday and seems to have stopped eating.
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@CarolDM (192251)
• United States
23 Sep
@JudyEv Oh dear I hope the best for her.
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@Beestring (5667)
• Hong Kong
19 Sep
It's good that she felt good enough to eat something. Hope she will survive.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Sep
She had a good feed of pellets so I'm very hopeful that she'll recover from this.
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@RasmaSandra (57816)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
19 Sep
That is a lovely looking sheep I am glad you could help her.
@xFiacre (10929)
• Ireland
19 Sep
@judyev Isn’t life such a mix of suffering and joy? Whoever invented it got it right I think. It really is the duck’s nuts in many ways. Other times it just hurts, but all in all I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. But if I’d not been born ….. oh shut up Fiacre this is not a day for waxing philosophical, just lie back and soak in all the joy.
@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Sep
Yes, soak in the joy and reject the suffering.
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@Dena91 (18324)
• United States
20h
Glad you were there to help her.
@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
10h
Thanks. We were pleased to be able to help too.
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@LindaOHio (103620)
• United States
19 Sep
I hope the poor sheep survives.
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Sep
I hope so too. We'll go down soon to check on her again.
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@LouAvul (1092)
19 Sep
What a horrible condition for sheep to have to endure
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@JudyEv (286527)
• Rockingham, Australia
19 Sep
Yes, it is. It would be quite a torture.
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