I love that word! Conundrum! I kinda rolls around in your mouth doesn't it?
OK, so I have a 'puzzle' if you will; I talked to a friend last night about this, but thought I would put it to all of you, my cyber friends.
I have two rams. Laz is four years old this year, Carmine is one. I havn't separated them from their ewes yet because of this paradoxical (yeah, I'm having fun :) problem!
Here is the poser;
If I put Carmine in with Laz, Laz will hurt (if not kill, maim or otherwise lambaste) Carmine. Carmine however, has this horrible aversion to being alone since the State Fair where they put him in a pen far away from other sheep. In short he is monophobic! Actually, I guess all sheep are, but he gets down right frantic when he is alone, starts obsessive compulsive behavior...
Back when I had three rams, and they were all about the same age/size it wasn’t a problem. After breeding I would make their pen smaller so they couldn't hurt each other, then a few days later I would let them have their commodious pen back. Because I have things like posts and old tires lying all over in their pen, they could never get a good go at each other and so never caused any more hurt than a broken scur.
My friend last night said I need three rams. Two will perpetually focus on one another and will batter each other unerringly until one falls down and doesn’t get up. Unfortunately, I don’t have another ram, I can’t even borrow one.
I am left with this; I can take two older ewes out and put them in a separate pen with Carmine, but only until they come close to lambing. Maybe by then I would have lambs old enough to be in with Carmine, but not likely...
Any suggestions? Solutions? Persiflage?