Posted on Feb 12, 2014
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
we rescued thirty animals from a backyard butcher about a year a ago,
they were all riddled with parasites, which made them anemic,
dehydrated, frail and very sick. It took months for them to recover
physically and even longer still emotionally. To ensure they remain
healthy, we deworm our animals approximately every six months. In order
to deworm, we had to weigh all the sheep and goats, so we could get the
correct dosages of the dewormer for all of them. Some of the goats and
sheep are still skittish around people because of the extreme abuse they
went through before being rescued to The Gentle Barn. Because of
this, weighing them is a difficult task.
With help from our staff and volunteers, we politely and slowly ushered the goats and sheep through the “Sun Chlorella Healing Center”, one by one to get weighed, get lots of yummy treats and be let back out into the barnyard. Once we were done recording all of their weights, we watched all of the goats and sheep sunning themselves in the dappled afternoon light, under the pepper trees, and there seemed to be a renewed peace among them.
smallest sheep was Rosie, weighing in at only 40 pounds. We were
actually able to carry her onto the scale. The largest sheep was
Stanley, weighing in at 310.5 pounds. We had to use lots of treats to
bribe him onto the scale. Luckily for us, Stanley loves Sun Chlorella
Rejuv-A-Wafers™ and was willing to stand on the scale as long as we kept
We made great progress this week, showing the goats and sheep that they can indeed trust us and that, no matter what, we will always take care of them and keep them safe and loved.