We moved the yearling lambs just in the nick of time. All of them were born last winter and we expected that they would be lambing very soon. They all spread out far across the field making "sheep paths" across the snow. They weren't happy in the barn since they really have never known about having a roof over their heads.
We were uncomfortable not being able to offer shelter for them. Having a lamb for the first time is similar to being a first time mother. Some of them take to it beautifully. And then there are others who drop the baby and leave it to freeze in the snow. We've been watching carefully to see how each one of them does. If they seem like they need a little help with their mothering skills, we put the mama and lamb into a maternity pen for a few days.
Some of them are fine and need no help! That's great.
It finally is starting to feel like winter is on the way out. Finally! The snow is melting in many places. Now we just have to get over the fifth season in New England - "MUD SEASON!" YUCK!