Spring Coats for the Sheep

Red keeping the sheep in place
Red keeping the sheep in place

Last time we tried to put a bigger sheep coat on Suzy, she knocked Jon into the manure pile.  This time, we did it right.   Most of the sheep have or will soon outgrow their coats.  Ma needs a new one and Tess will probably out grow the one I just put on her by the time she will be sheared in the spring.  The coats keep their wool clean and keep it from getting bleached by the sun.

So this time, we had Red help us.  He got them into the pole barn, then we closed the gates and Red gave them the eye, keeping them all in place,   while we took old coats off and put new coats on.   Suzy’s coat was too big so I had to stitch it up a bit.  As her wool grows, I’ll let out the stitches.  I measured Ma for a new coat.  Socks still hasn’t outgrown her old coat,  she’s such a small thing, there’s still lots of room for her to grow.  And Zelda, of course, refuses to wear a coat.

I really appreciate Red at times like these, he made the whole job a lot easier.

Tess and Socks are my  friendliest sheep.
Tess and Socks are my friendliest sheep.
Suzy is the most skittish, although I've found out she loves carrots, so she getting more comfortable with me.
Suzy is the most skittish, although I found out she loves carrots, so she getting more comfortable with me.
Ma is huge and easy going.  She always has hay on her face.
Ma is huge and easy going. She always has hay on her face.
And then there's Zelda, always on the lookout, always ready for trouble.
And then there’s Zelda, always on the lookout, always ready for trouble.

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Spring Coats for the Sheep

  1. Zelda strikes me as the kind of sheep who would get a tattoo. Something bold and colorful on her lower back or down her leg.

  2. Oh that Suzy, she’s a bit naughty. Apples work nicely too, my skittish goat Larry can be enticed by several slices of apples.

  3. Maria,
    I LOVE yarn and admit to my knitting addiction!!! But I had no idea that sheep had to wear coats!!! Do they wear them year round or just til they are trimmed? I love reading your blog…love my potholders and thing of you and your lovely studio every time I see them…and have learned so much!!!
    Hope you and Jon have a grand Monday!!
    Syl

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