Thursday, February 19, 2009

Meet Chance, 
As in "Last Chance."
Norman went out in the morning and there he was. His little leg was broken, and no one was talking. If there is a witness, they don't seem to be coming forward. We suspect the Ram, as he can be rough on these little guys, but no one is pointing a hoof at him. We think intimidation may be playing a role, as the Ram seems to have some sort of control over the entire flock.
I guess we will never know for sure.
Chance's leg is broken up high, toward his shoulder. After consulting a professional sheep leg fixer, and my physical therapist, we came up with this plan:
We used a plastic water bottle, cut off the ends, and then cut it down the middle. We set his leg, wrapped it with gauze and vet wrap, placed the bottle around the break, duct taped it in place, put his leg through the arm of my sweater, folded the end of the sleeve back up his leg, and duct taped the heck out of it. The final touch was pulling the sweater up tight and sewing it with yarn to his wool. We will keep you posted on his progress. Special thanks goes to the professional sheep leg fixer, and my physio.
Saving lamb at a time!!!


  1. Something that works really well for setting legs is the noodles you can buy for use in pools. It's soft enough that it doesn't cut into the leg but firm enough to hold the leg in place. Easily cut with scissors to any length and easy enough to cut up the middle with scissors so you can wrap it around the leg.
    Nancy o

  2. Where were you when I was scratching my head. Thanks Nancy, thats a great idea!