The ewes are doing their part to get ready for their lambs by getting plenty of exercise and eating a healthy and varied diet of pasture based forages - including but not limited to turnips, free choice hay, and a daily grain snack. For our preparation we shear the ewes (more on this in my next post), organize the barns to easily move lambs and ewes, stock the 'office' with lambing supplies, stock up on freezer meals (WE still need to eat well), and talk a lot about the weather.
Speaking of weather, the wind today has been crazy! We had some colder temperatures last month but today's wind really kicked it up a notch. I had wind-induced tears frozen to my cheeks by the time I was through with the afternoon chores. Despite the wind and cold, the animals are taking everything in stride.
The chickens did refuse to leave their coop for more than a few minutes at a time today but continue to lay eggs and treat one another nicely. The very pregnant ewes happily walked a half mile one way to their turnip pasture three times, stopping along the way for bites of alfalfa and other forage-goodness between their barn and those much loved turnips. The ewe-lambs and rams spent plenty of time outdoors as well, alternating between eating and playing. In all, the animals are doing well, even the elusive stray barn cat of unknown gender seems to be thriving. The kids are also well despite having to begrudgingly do chores from their seats in the truck today - I'm pretty sure the youngest would have looked like Helen Hunt in Twister.
Come back for our sheep shearing post.