Even the dogs were in their houses for a while. Usually they sleep outside, pulling the hay down from the big round bales and curling into it with their backs to the winds. The problem was that the air was damp from the previously warm days when the melting snow also permeated the air with moisture. Moist frozen air chills to the bone. After chores it took a while by the wood stove to get warm. My son came in from working on a car and stayed in his insulated coveralls by the fire until he finally felt like he was thawing out a bit, a good hour inside.
The next few days are going to be equally as cold, but at least the sun is shining and no more babies are due until summer now. The animals at Fat Ewe Farm are bred for the easiest birthing possible, when they do not have to fight the elements and the babies have the best chance of survival and best of all, the farmer does not have to stay up all night freezing, waiting for the new arrivals, watching so they do not freeze.
At least the bunnies enjoyed the sun, but they too were mostly in their sideways Rubbermaid tote, keeping out of the wind. Soon, they will visit the daddy bunny and in the early spring, little bunnies will be born. So cute. Can't wait.