The wait to see how horns develop on Jacob Sheep is as nail biting as waiting for the lambs to be born.
Handsome Dillinger is looking good at 4 weeks…
Just 4 days later…
he went from four symmetrical horns to three plus a nub. No worries, though. A broken horn at this age will recover and grow fully. Still, it was not a pretty sight.
Paladin will soon be having his horns wrapped in bubble wrap!
Sinclair’s wayward fifth horn removes him from flock sire consideration.
Kato’s horns are interesting. Notice the double horns on the right side. The second horn did not erupt until he was three weeks old – about 2 weeks ago. It is now almost as large as the original horn. The small “fingernail” scur on the left side will fall off in time. There is no obvious seam in the horn on the left.
The fourth horned sheep, are there any recent pictures of it?
Sorry, I don’t. I sold him many years ago.
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is it safe to assume that if a four month old (supposedly full Shetland) ewe just started to have nubs where the horse are supposed to be that they will just be nub like scurs
I don’t know much about Shetlands. By four months, Jacob ewes have obvious horns. They often break during the first few months, but they grow back. I believe Shetlands can be either horned or polled?
Love this post. I really like Paladin. It is amazing how fast they can change. We had quite a few ‘extra’ horns pop up this year too.
Horn development can be the difference between a flock sire and sausage 🙂 And the horns can change alot in the first six months. Interesting fact is that the leading reason for rams failing their registration inspections is two horned rams with horns that grow too close to their cheeks. I don’t think you see that sort of horn growth in goats – count yourself lucky.
Nailbiting? I would look at them as presents waiting to be opened with excitement and anticipation…of course you don’t get to take back the ones you don’t like and exchange them. I’m glad goats only have two. Well, mine do anyway.