In Two Minds

I bought four sheep hurdles the other day and OH kindly lugged them down to the Minion’s field.  The hurdles clip together easily and make a lovely little space for Vitamin to eat her huge daily bucket in peace.

Fivla has to have a bucket as well but it has almost nothing in it.

It shuts her up.  She gets very grumpy and huffy if Vitamin has food and she doesn’t.

Diversionary tactics are also necessary too.

But as long as Vitamin can eat in peace then that is all that matters.

That would be “in peace, without disruption”, Tiddles, please.

But I am in two minds whether to put Vitamin back into the next door field with Fivla as it has grass.  The other Minions do not need grass…. possibly ever.

Fivla does not really need grass but Vitamin must have a companion.

I am not sure what to do.  I don’t want Vitamin to lose anymore weight. She already looks scrawny but that could just be her winter coat falling out.

I worry that without her friends, Vitamin won’t eat and decline again but if she stays with her herd, she is not getting enough to eat.  Oh, and we can’t add anything to her bucket as she knows, promptly walks off and stops eating.  What to do?  Tomorrow we will try a smidge of linseed and see if we can get that past her without her noticing.

5 thoughts on “In Two Minds

  1. Jayne

    I know it would be something else for your already massive workload, but could Vitamin be persuaded to eat more if she had a second bucket later in the day?

    1. Frances Post author

      I can’t drive over twice a day. I know it sounds bad, but I don’t have the time.

  2. Sherry Walter

    I’m quite sure my mare Sally is not entirely equine, there must be some porcine in there. In order for her to be on pasture, not penned in a dry lot by herself she has to wear a grazing muzzle. This has worked remarkably well and has kept her at a svelt 1000 lbs for years.

  3. Sam

    I do love the picture of Tiddles! Not sure what you can do about Vitamin and her feeding schedule. Ah the things we do for our older critters.

  4. Miriam

    Dear Frances, have you considered lamb formula? Talk about nutrient dense : ) Our Molly enjoys it. 50 ml sprinkled on her feed.


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