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I have never seen colors on sheep before I joined redbubble and saw the pink sheep overseas. I didn’t notice these had any color until I was downloading the pics. Their behinds were painted blue and some show up in this pic. Taken in Clark County, Illinois, USA with a Nikon D3100.

I’m a country girl at heart which shows in most of my work. Sometimes I do venture beyond the countryside for other photo opportunities. :) I welcome your comments as I am a beginner photographer.
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  • James Brotherton
    James Brothertonover 2 years ago

    That is weird Sheryl. Must be something for their coat!

  • I wondered if it was to help prevent theft??? Well, my good friend just informed me (and I’m not sure if he’s joking or not) that it has to do with breeding. You can read his comment if you’d like to see his explanation….Yampimon. He does have a good since of humor so your guess would be as good as mine.

    – Sheryl Gerhard

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

    My first thought is to be funny so I will! They mark the bums with blue so the males will know which female is ready and in season, that way he does not have to deal with rejection! LOL! Now seriously, they do them locally here in pink, along with color coded ear tags…designates herds and sales of certain stock. BUT before I knew this I told my friend and I was fully grown mind you that the guy who owned those sheep was a hairdresser and muffed up the dye jobs! he he he! Okay so now you know I am NUTS!..I think this should get featured!

  • HaHaHa!!! I love it! Now please read the comment following yours. I have no idea if his explanation is a joke or serious. lol

    – Sheryl Gerhard

  • Yampimon
    Yampimonover 2 years ago

    I know why and how they have coloured rears. When it’s time for sheep to play mommies and daddies, the boy sheep is fitted with a device that holds a block of dye (a choice of colours are available) When Mr Sheep pays close attention to Mrs sheep he leaves a tell tale smudge of colour on her back or rear. Mr farmer then knows if Mr Sheep is doing his job properly, other wise Mr Farmer would have to wait and see and as the season doesn’t last very long this could mean no kiddie sheep playing in the fields in the coming months. No smudges and Mr Sheep might find himself replaced and out of work.

  • James Brotherton
    James Brothertonover 2 years ago

    Well, you learn something everyday. I guess mr sheep could easily become mr lamb chop if he doesn’t get to work!

  • LOL!

    – Sheryl Gerhard

  • Ogre
    Ogreover 2 years ago

    Saaaaaay…Don’t those farmers in Clark Co. wear…blue jeans??? :-o

    I’m jus’ sayin’.

  • ROFL!!! Thanks for THAT image! :))))

    – Sheryl Gerhard

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupover 2 years ago

    They don’t actually paint the ewes blue. The ram has a blue marker attached to it’s underside and it marks the ewes that he’s serviced. This way the farmer knows when his ram has done his duty

  • That’s how Yampimon explained it, but I wasn’t sure if he was joking or not. Thanks David for verifying that.

    – Sheryl Gerhard

  • Grinch/R. Pross
    Grinch/R. Prossover 2 years ago

    Cute shot!!

  • Thanks. Wish I could have gotten a closer one.

    – Sheryl Gerhard

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    They are marked! They usually do this when they go to market, how do you tell one sheep from another, Mine are the ones with the blue butt. ☺☺

  • LOL Very funny. :)))

    – Sheryl Gerhard

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 2 years ago


  • Thanks Lee! I would love to see colored sheep. :)

    – Sheryl Gerhard

  • Dale Lockwood
    Dale Lockwoodover 2 years ago

    This is for the blue sweater I ordered. Really cool capture Sheryl :-)

  • LOL I like your theory best. :) Thanks Dale.

    – Sheryl Gerhard

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