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Old 30th July 2006, 12:18 PM   #1
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Sheep grinding teeth

Hi there, I'm new here but have been watching and reading for some time. Can anyone tell me why a sheep would be grinding its teeth? She seems to be doing it heaps and wonder what it might mean. Thanks for your help (in advance).
 
Old 30th July 2006, 01:07 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome,
My suggestion is it could be in pain...
I know goats grind their teeth when in pain....

Plenty of sheep people here to give you a more definative answer though. Hope it's nothing serious.

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Old 30th July 2006, 02:09 PM   #3
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Sheep will usually grind their teeth when stressed. Is this ewe doing it when yarded or when you approach? ie: what is the context when she grinds?
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Old 30th July 2006, 02:25 PM   #4
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Our old Wiltshire ewes (not human friendly) grind their teeth and stomp their feet when cornered in the yards. I guess its the sheep version of the Haka. 'Don't mess with me'.
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Old 30th July 2006, 05:30 PM   #5
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Same, Inger, we have one ewe that does that when yarded, bloody loud too, can hear it some distance away!
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Aggitation, stress, pain, Preg toxaemia, listeria....probably an endless list - whether it serious or not depends on the context as questioned above.
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Old 30th July 2006, 07:45 PM   #7
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No she's not yarded. She has had lice recently but all treated and rid of them. Although she's lost a bit of wool (she's an Arapawa). Yes it's very loud can hear her from over the paddock. Thanks for all your answers!
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Old 30th July 2006, 07:47 PM   #8
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Also, she doesn't seem to be off her food but is sometimes trembling slightly and tends to stay away from the other sheep a bit (that could be just me being paranoid though).
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Old 30th July 2006, 07:49 PM   #9
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Has she been with the other sheep for long? If she is a newby could she be feeling a bit stressed as not part of the original flock?
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No she's one of the originals, it's very strange. She's a funny looking thing at the moment with her patchy wool, maybe she's embarrassed? Just kidding, it is actually starting to concern me a bit. Keep running up to check on her, she's a typical Arapawa, quite approachable but doesn't like to be touched and is starting to prove a real handful to catch. Thought maybe if I could get some drench into her it may help......suggestions please....
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Old 30th July 2006, 09:09 PM   #11
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Old 31st July 2006, 12:12 AM   #12
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Wouldn't hurt to worm her.
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Old 31st July 2006, 08:06 AM   #13
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Thanks guys, was thinking that but good to have it confirmed. Will try to catch her again today, might have to wait for hubby to get home though cos she's a bit of a handful!
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