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Old 12-07-2016, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default Snow & Jumping NDs

We have had our ND wethers for about four months now. They are strictly pets, as unfortunately both the hubs and I have to work full time jobs off the homestead right now.

Anyway, when we first got them as babies, we had them in a fairly small area fenced in by cattle panel. They got out and by some miracle, we found them 6 hours later, in the woods 3/4 of a mile from our house. Anyway, we then lined the cattle panel with woven wire fencing, adding about a foot to the top and obviously making the openings a non-issue. They still tried to jump out all the time, but were unsuccessful.

We have since moved them to a much larger (4x) pasture, same fencing set up, but with 24 hour access to their barn stall. They have not even tried to jump out in the 3 months they've been there, though occasionally they do still try to jump out of the stall door, methinks they're too fat now to do that with no running start

Anyway, that was my longwinded introduction to tell you that they are, or at least used to be, jumpers. And now we have entered a new season of worry: SNOW. The hubs thinks if we just shovel around the inside perimeter of the fence, that will discourage them from just climbing the snow right out over the fence. I, however, think they could use the snow -- if it gets deep and hard packed enough-- as a means to get a running start and jump the fence.

Maybe now they'd just stick around nearby the house & barn if they escaped, but I can't help but worry about another trek around the globe, especially since nobody is home all day to know if they get out. I guess at least in the snow we could track them?

We live in Maine, which means that some winters we have as much as 4 feet on the ground over the course of the winter.

Any thoughts or advice?

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Old 12-07-2016, 01:46 PM   #2
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They would have a hard time making it through the loose snow. Those little feet just push right through. Anytime you have a crusty deep snow, you might wait to let them out until you had a chance to remove the top crusty layer over the drifts. They could go for a wander, so keeping them locked in the barn until you have a chance to watch them would be prudent.
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