Getting out

I’ve written recently about the pressure to let our flock outdoors vs. the lure of keeping the lambs safe within the confines of the lambing barn. At some point it always becomes very obvious that they need out — particularly the older lambs. Today, our oldest lambs are over five weeks old, the barn is beginning to feel tight, and it is abundantly clear to me that they need space.

I recorded a short segment of video so that you can see the behavior of our lambs in the barn. The excitement in this clip began because it was nearly feeding time — and even better, I was spreading fresh straw over the soiled bedding. When I do this, I bring several bales into their area, clip the twine of one bale at a time, and spread it over the existing bedding. I do this quite often, so it isn’t anything new — but to the bored lambs, anything is cause for celebration.

The lambs’ excitement is somewhat contagious, and you’ll note that several of the younger ewes (those born last year and the year before: Molly, Nisan, Nypsi, and the like) joined in the fun. Here is what I recorded yesterday, and I think you can see that they’re ready to be turned loose into our spacious fields. We will be letting them out for the first time tomorrow — and I may have more video for you on Monday! Have a great weekend!

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