Every year at about this time (usually earlier!) we have a stretch of swelteringly hot weather. Sticky, gross New Jersey heat – the kind that goes to your head and renders you senseless. Many people have asked how the animals cope and what shade are they given at these times to escape the heat.
First and foremost, the pigs must have a wallow and steady shade. We set generally set them up in the trees.
They are the most sensitive of all farm animals to the heat and need to be able to cool down their skin and stay out of the sun lest they sunburn (for real!).
The chickens (and Kasey) seek shelter in, under and around the laying wagons.
Kasey could almost not be bothered to come out and greet me! But then…
The sheep, which are the hardiest of our animals in dealing with temperature extremes, have a coat than protects them from the sun and a shade wagon under which they can catch a breather. A second shade wagon will be added next week. The other herd has a tree line which throws shade.
But sometimes they just like to keep moving!
And sometimes they find a nice spot in the tall grass to settle in for a nap.
Even Bea has her own shade accommodations, though she is rarely, if ever, there!
We hope you stay cool and seek out the shade when you need it.