Our pasture is slow to come in with the sheep and Beau eating all the time and it is just slow so I have been trying different ways of moving them to different areas where "the grass IS greener".
Today, I didn't have much time so I let them go over to the cabin lawn where the grass is much longer and great. When they go over to the cabin I expect them to just hang out and graze in one area for awhile but no; they keep moving around and around the cabin. I want to sit in a chair by the door and get some work done like emailing our accountant in MA with some info she needs or other such stuff I should be able to do while watching sheep but here is what happens-- one sheep will get over enthusiastic about an area and run there which makes everyone else think she has found something special so they all run that way out of sight around back. For some reason this makes me nervous so I get up and check on them. As time goes on I wait a little while longer and they eventually come around again---- 1,2,3,4,5,6. Beau would be content hanging out in one spot longer but when all the sheep leave what is he going to do?
Every time I give them hay I count to make sure they are all there. One time there were only 5 and I had to find Hildegard. This was last year at the end of the growing season, I think, and they were all foraging and coming back with vines attacked. Hildegard had managed to get tangled in one of those huge bittersweet vines big enough for Tarzan and Jane. I had to go untangle her. Good thing I counted that time.
One thing for sure though, I don't count sheep at night or I would have nightmares all night about one or two missing and having to go find them.