Duncan is back home with us now, which means we have to acclimate the two rams to each other. He and Saxon need to establish dominance so that they can live in relative peace with each other. It is a tough process to watch. Duncan is Saxon’s son (and grandson, too).
When we first put them together yesterday, they would back up 10 feet and do the running head butt. The sound of skulls smashing together practically echoed off the hills. So for the night we separated them with a metal gate between them. Saxon actually did more damage to his head trying to get through that gate.
So today we locked them together in a small enclosure. This way they can work out their “issues” without being able to get the leverage to really hurt each other. Instead of smashing skulls they are having a shoving match or putting heads together and just pushing.
Eventually they will exhaust themselves and take their places in the order of things. I fully expect Saxon to come out on top but this will be tough for Duncan to accept as he has come from a farm where he was the top. Will let you know how it turns out!
PS: Update…. it’s been about 5 hours since they have been together and they are now laying companionably next to each other. They got up when they saw me, took the leftover Subway snack I gave them and then lay back down. It is done!