We went through the flock yesterday to weigh and deworm as necessary and put coats on everyone that's not a Cotswold. With our good hay feeders the Cots seem to be able to shake enough chaff out of their fleeces that the benefit of coating would be minimal compared to the extra effort and risk of felting under the coat. The sheep coat 'closet' consists of four large Rubbermaid totes holding clean, laundered coats in sizes from little lamb to gigantic ram. Some have been patched rather a lot.
The coats have a solid panel across the brisket and straps that go around the hind legs. Slip it over a sheep's head and step their legs through the straps. Voila - coated sheep.
The Cotswold lambs that were shorn early last month have already grown back a lot of wool and have no need of a coat for cleanliness or warmth. (We did coat some shorn Cotswold yearlings last spring because they got chilly with NO wool).
Freckles: "No fair! Why can't we still run naked too?"
This was likely the last warmish sunny day we'll have for a long time. The forecast now is for rain, dropping temperatures and then snow..... more snow.....cold.... etc. The flock (except for breeding groups of course) spent the day eating and wandering from one area's hay feeders to another and just hanging out in the yard enjoying the sun and the view.
Peanut: "Being outside is OK, but you get more scritches when you're inside."
Smart little sheep.