Hooters Hall

No lambs, lots of snow

A week of obsessive, compulsive sheep watching and no lambs yet. The two ewes with prominent udders look about ready to pop and have developed a distinctly triangular shape from behind. The other ewes are younger and have longer tails so it’s a bit harder to get close enough to see what’s happening with their udders.

Part of the reason for lambing at the end of March / start of April was that we hoped the weather would be better than in January/ February. Obviously this weekend that turned out not to be the case when we, like most of the rest of the country  were hit with blizzards and icy gales. For most of yesterday the snow was falling horizontally. We woke up to a decent covering of snow but it’s already started to melt so hopefully will be gone by tomorrow. It’s still bitterly cold though especially in the wind.

We decided to keep the sheep out. They don’t seem to bothered by the snow and they are very close to the lean to barn, so if any lambs do arrive mid blizzard we can easily get them inside under the heat lamp if necessary.

All the other animals seem to take the snow in their stride as well. The chickens all move into the large coop when it’s cold, whereas normally they split themselves between the two coops. The pigs aren’t keen on frozen ground but quite happy to root around in snow. The ducks have now got used to the frozen pond and also like wandering around leaving duck trails in the snow. The snow seems to excite the horses they get quite frisky especially if it’s windy as well and Bonnie does like a roll in the snow.

Here’s some pictures of a snowy Hooters Hall this morning.

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