SNOW DAY-I AM IN THE HAY AGAIN-FIBERuary

6 02 2016

GREETINGS

The  cold has returned and along with it came some snow.   We were only suppose to get a couple of inches but got around 4.  Walking is very difficult, it seems like there is ice everywhere beneath the snow

I AM IN THE HAY AGAIN

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Hay is a precious commodity when you have sheep.  I buy from 3 or so hay farmers every year.  This year was a very poor year for making hay and it was in a limited supply.  So far I have gone through the three farmers and they are out.  Luckily a farmer a stones throw away from my farm has some second cut and I am welcome to buy it as long as it lasts.  So for the time being my sheep will have that.  At the same time I inquired about a  place to pasture my sheep during the summer.   My sheep used to go on what we called Summer Camp for the summer and they loved it.  I really missed them and found it harder and harder to move fence and walk in ruddy pasture.  So for the past 4 or 5 years they have been at home all year round.  Which means being fed hay all year .   There are things in the pasture for them to nibble on just not enough.  Tim (the hay man) brought up a possible problem that I have been thinking about even if the sheep remain here.  Coyotes are always howling across the river and this year for the first time I heard one on my mountain range.  As much as I loved Elliott I don’t want another Llama.  I don’t know what to do about it.  I really am not interested in having a guard  dog either but something will have to be done.

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If you have not visited FIBERuary please do.  There are wonderful articles with many more to come    I will be giving a talk tomorrow on Stories from the farm at Sheep and Shawl, please join me there.

Many thanks for reading my blog on this winters day  Hope you  are all enjoying your day.  Carole

 

 


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4 responses

6 02 2016
Eliza Waters

Maybe your sheep can join an existing flock for the summer? Or someone with a donkey? Good luck at your talk tomorrow!

6 02 2016
wspines

Thank you I am hoping it will go well. Good idea about them joining another flock I will put the word out

6 02 2016
Dora Friedli

Hi Carole,
We have coyotes run through our property almost every night. They are mostly after small animals, although they will take down a larger one if they are hunting in a pack. They are usually shy and will run from humans. As a rule, they hunt at night. We lock up our animals shortly before the sun goes down, in secure coops or barns, with doors that can be locked or latched. We let them out after the sun is up. Even if you see them during the day, they will not usually come into the yard. Especially if there is human activity. So, unless they are starving, as long as you lock the sheep in the barn at night, you probably won’t have problems. This has been my experience and may not be someone else’s.

6 02 2016
wspines

Dora
Many thanks for the great comments, I don’t usually lock the sheep up of course I never needed to.But it is the easiest solution for the time being and I will add a sensor light too. In the summer I will have to do something else as the barn gets very hot. I thought of adding some electric to the top of my fence which is cattle paneling and 4 feet high. What is your feeling about that? I don’t want to go to the expense of buying a charger if it won’ help anyway. Appreciate all your advice. All the best Carole

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