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Oh no...One of a woolly shepherd's biggest problems has arrived!

Keeping sheep DRY before shearing!

Rain! I hate rain. I used to love it, then I got a house with land and animals and flooding and wet sheep and working in rain and...ugh.

Anyway...Shearing is sometime between the 7th & 9th. So, here's the forecast leading up to it.

That used carport I got for a steal is going up today. Going to put it against the barn opening & add walls to keep it dry inside. They'll have to go in Sunday night & stay until Tuesday morning. Ugh.

Then, it looks like they may have to stay in from Thursday until shearing...wtf. I need a bigger barn. Without a raised alley separating it...

They're going to be some pissed off sheep! Ugh

Hopefully, most of it will change & be dry instead.

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Oh no...One of a woolly shepherd's biggest problems has arrived!

Keeping sheep DRY before shearing!

Rain! I hate rain. I used to love it, then I got a house with land and animals and flooding and wet sheep and working in rain and...ugh.

Anyway...Shearing is sometime between the 7th & 9th. So, here's the forecast leading up to it.

That used carport I got for a steal is going up today. Going to put it against the barn opening & add walls to keep it dry inside. They'll have to go in Sunday night & stay until Tuesday morning. Ugh.

Then, it looks like they may have to stay in from Thursday until shearing...wtf. I need a bigger barn. Without a raised alley separating it...

They're going to be some pissed off sheep! Ugh

Hopefully, most of it will change & be dry instead.

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Lol, I have heard that shop vacs on the blow setting and leaf blowers work well to dry them...
 

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Got 3 rolls of clear film to go over the top and sides to keep out rain. Then dragged panels over to keep sheep in.
Sunday, I'll put up the film, hoping it'll last a tiny bit longer that way.
Need to clear out the barn, put up more feeders for hay & move the bale tomorrow.
 

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Found this by SheepGirl under Articles in this forum. Who knew it was there? Not I!

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Temporary structure is 12×26ft, so 312 sq ft.
The barn has two sides divided by the raised alley. Far side has a silo wall protruding into it
Both sides are about 8ft wide. I'll have to measure tomorrow on how long each is, but probably 35 & 40ft.


So, if it is, Near side 40×8ft, 320 sq ft.

Far side, 35×8ft, 280 sq ft on far side for 8 rams.
8×12=96 sq ft. 184 sq ft of open space.

320+312=632 sq ft for 31 ewes.
31×12=372 sq ft. 260 sq ft of open space.

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That means that I really need to build onto the barn, if I'm going to keep any more ewes!! Even with no rain, they need to be locked up overnight & 52 sq ft is missing for them now! Ugh. :hide

That means that I need to set posts, put up beams, a real roof, to extend the side(s). 😰
 
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