Rain, rain and more rain... Shutting the lambs up for the night yesterday we discovered that the shelter was far too damp for them to lie down on overnight. Building an emergency raised floor was the only way, with thick posts laid flat, a sheet of plywood across the top and heaps of straw for bedding and warmth. Only trouble was we discovered the problem once it was dark, so it ended up not being the easiest of jobs – and it was still raining... This was them before the rain!
* Shelter inspections are best done in the daylight, i.e. without a head torch.
Time to move them to a small pen in the field, still with their shelter insulated. Very inquisitive, they are keen on testing out the grass as well as enjoying their creep. We shut them into their shelter every night by pulling a pallet across the front and securing it with a bungee.