When the flock was in the barn eating hay last month because of the drought we started giving a small grain ration to make up for the mediocre hay quality. Once we started turning them out we decided to keep giving a bit of grain in the evening to encourage them to queue up at the gate and come in smartly rather than wandering around the pasture they pass through to get back in. It's really just a dusting in the feeders but sheep don't worry about how much is there - there is NONE, or there is SOME. That's all the motivation they need.
They know when they'll be let in and come back from the lowest pasture to hang around and be handy.
Once a bottle lamb, always a bottle lamb. "My" kids hear our voices and wonder why they can't just come in this little back door. It would be so much faster.
Sheep that were never bottle babies consider our appearance at the back door with more suspicion. This colored Cotswold is particularly uncertain about our motives.
"She's staring at us. Why is she staring at us?? This can't be good!"
But when it's time to come in for grain hesitancy goes out the window! (I have no idea what those loud buzzing noises are on the video - they didn't occur in real life - must be the mothership trying to contact me again.)