Angelica‘s Rainbow writes …

Angelica‘Now the flock are truly settled into the community, we have begun clicker training them. This is a form of Positive Reinforcement Training, commonly used on pets. It is also a widely used method in Zoos and across many species. The clicker training is all in preparation for letting the sheep out of the pen, on halters, to mow the grass. All this does however take its time, especially with Angelica’s enthusiasm for attention and treats. Alongside this, we are teaching them a few little tricks which you may have seen us practicing.’
You can meet Angelica, Audrey and Urban and watch a sheep training demo at the Marlpit Community Garden Open Day tomorrow.

Angelica and Friends

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Angelica

We would like to thank the members for keeping an eye on our sheep.
We are very pleased to hear all your stories about them and it appears they have made many friends. Again we would like to stress that you contact Angelica’s Rainbow if you have any concerns or questions regarding the sheep (angelicas.rainbow@gmail.com or 07827 921344 or 07473 110903) or if you see any maintenance issues with the gates, fences and shed. Also if you are yet to meet us or our flock, please do come and say hello.

Our two main concerns at present are dogs entering the gardens with members and the gate being left open, allowing scope for dogs to enter from the street. Being low down on the food chain, sheep are naturally alert and nervous animals. If a sheep is worried or stressed, it can lead to shock which ultimately leads to illness and death. So please can we remind everybody that the gardens are a ‘dog free zone

Lora and Krista

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Shorn at Maaaarlpit

The spectators who gathered at Marlpit Cobeforemmunity Garden on the evening of 13th May were huddled in warm coats to watch Angelica, Audrey and Urban be shorn of their woolly winter coats.
Jason Shorten arrived in his truck and within minutes had set up his equipment.

First to come under the electric clippers was Angelica, closely watched by Audrey and Urban.

For Angelica and Audrey this was their first experience of being shorn. Jason quickly caught the sheep and held them still while he clipped them.What are you doing to Angelica
It was fascinating to watch the skill with which Jason undertook the task, carefully clipping away the wool without harming the sheep or damaging the fleece.

Each sheep took about seven minutes to clip.

Finally three bemused looking sheep were shut in their warm shed for the night, leaving three bags of variously coloured wool.
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N-ewesletter Number 1

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Audrey and Urban

I would like to introduce you all to Madam Audrey Meadows and Sir Urban Acres. They are two Ryeland Sheep and are very cute and friendly once they get to know you. Yesterday (Thursday) their friend, Lady Angelica Lambsbury arrived at Marlpit Community Garden. She is a Bluefaced Leicester-cross sheep, and quite a character.
Lora has raised Angelica from a lamb, having been brought to her work as an orphan. But of course she needed a flock to live with as Lora needed to move her closer to home, which is where Audrey and Urban come in.

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Angelica

We love the idea of them grazing locally on land that was farm land for so many years, especially on a chemical-free field.
Both Angelica and Audrey are one-year old Shearlings (young females) and Urban is a two-year old wether (castrated male), so no plans for any lambs this year.
It is our hope that they will be useful members of the community by providing a natural lawn-mowing service for the Marlpit Community Garden, as well as a beautiful addition to the scenery for passers-by.
We both have years of animal care experience, Lora’s background is in Farming and Krista is currently studying Animal Science and Welfare at the UEA.

There are a few do’s and don’ts in regards to these sheep which we ask that people kindly adhere to:
Please Do

  • Approach them and enjoy them, they are friendly and, Angelica especially, will come and say hello.
  • Wash your hands after touching them, especially before eating or drinking.
  • Keep an eye out for any obvious injuries with the animals or issues with their pen/security.

Please Don’t

  • Feed them, they have fresh grass in abundance and we provide the correct fresh hay, fresh straw, fresh water and treats for them daily.
  • Climb in to, lean on or remove any part of their pen

Any concerns or queries you may have regarding the sheep you can contact us at angelicas.rainbow@gmail.com or come and talk to us.
In an emergency please contact 07827 921344 or 07473 110903

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Lora, Urban and Audrey

Lora, Urban and Audrey

Urban and Audrey

Audrey and Urban

Lora and Audrey

Lora and Audrey

Mark meeting Audrey

Mark meeting Audrey

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