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Before we bought our buck, the plan was always to build enough paddocks to keep our sheep and goats separate, but in the meantime we ran our 2 does, 1 wether, 3 ewes and ram all together and all was well.

We finished our goat paddock, introduced our new buck and all 4 goats have been together while the sheep were in their own temporary grazing pen we would move around.

Last weekend a pack of wild dogs killed 2 ewes, injured the other, so we only have the ram and one ewe remaining. They have been in a secure holding yard but it has been pouring rain and is a mud pit right now. We can’t build a new paddock for them until the weekend or next week. In the meantime we are considering just putting them in the goat paddock until we get the new one set up.

All have been together before except the buck and ram...I’m just a bit worried about having them together. Has anyone had any issues? The buck is a Nigerian dwarf and ram is a big dorper cross so a fairly decent size difference. I don’t want anyone to get hurt.
 

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I’ve not kept sheep, but when I was looking into them I ran across people cautioning against keeping them together due to the different styles of sparring. The concern is that the rams just literally back up and ram their opponent while bucks stand up and come crashing down. The bucks don’t expect to be rammed and get hurt.
 

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I've not kept sheep, but when I was looking into them I ran across people cautioning against keeping them together due to the different styles of sparring. The concern is that the rams just literally back up and ram their opponent while bucks stand up and come crashing down. The bucks don't expect to be rammed and get hurt.
That definitely makes sense. I looked over a few different forums and that seemed to be the general consensus too. My husband really pushed to put them all in together but I don't want to risk anyone getting hurt. We ended up putting the sheep out in an empty horse paddock for the day and will bring them into the secure yard overnight until we get their paddock done.
 

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I have keep my bucks and rams together with no problems, they have plenty of room to get away from each other and preferred to stay in their own part of the pen.
 

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Before we bought our buck, the plan was always to build enough paddocks to keep our sheep and goats separate, but in the meantime we ran our 2 does, 1 wether, 3 ewes and ram all together and all was well.

We finished our goat paddock, introduced our new buck and all 4 goats have been together while the sheep were in their own temporary grazing pen we would move around.

Last weekend a pack of wild dogs killed 2 ewes, injured the other, so we only have the ram and one ewe remaining. They have been in a secure holding yard but it has been pouring rain and is a mud pit right now. We can't build a new paddock for them until the weekend or next week. In the meantime we are considering just putting them in the goat paddock until we get the new one set up.

All have been together before except the buck and ram...I'm just a bit worried about having them together. Has anyone had any issues? The buck is a Nigerian dwarf and ram is a big dorper cross so a fairly decent size difference. I don't want anyone to get hurt.
We are almost in the same spot here at Belly Akin Farm. We put our newly acquired ram in with our goats, one of which is a buck. All was well until our young buck started to feel himself. He is now out awaiting the arrival of the banding equipment. Bucks rear up and rams just plow forward. There is a huge size difference between the ram and the buck, and he didn't know what hit him. Fortunately, he is unharmed and in a pen by himself. Our buck is a Nigerian pygmy cross. and the ram is registered, so the buck loses. As to the goes and the ram, there have been no problems. They eat, graze, and sleep together.
 

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I've been cautioned by long time homesteaders that have both to not let the rams with the bucks. The rams literally can snap the buck's back in half with the force behind their ramming. I've seen what they did to my fence and don't even want them with my bucks. We have let our ewes run with our does so they can clean up the pen. We have no issues between them, they kind of stay in their own groups.
 
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