I have heard a lot of people say that sheep are stupid.
But I don’t think they are any dumber than any other animal. If you leave a gate open, the sheep will get out. If you fail to latch or wire a gate, the sheep will get out, or in as the case may be. They are constantly in the feed shed because a gate was left open a foot.
They are also smart enough to recognize a pail that may or may not be full of grain from a hundred yards away, and they come running. If you don’t have that pail, they will not come. They also know the difference between me calling them home in the evenings and Michael calling them home. They come to my call. They just stand and stare at Michael’s.
But in the past couple days I’ve found myself saying, for the first time, “They are so stupid.”
The 50 sheep graze during the day and are shut into their pen at night to protect them from coyotes.