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The Animal Sanctuary

RESCUE OF 1000 HENS STARTS TONIGHT
We've been organising dozens of volunteers, drivers, fosterers, and interviewing literally hundreds of potential adopters. Finally, the actual uplift of the infamous "1000 Trade Me" hens starts tonight. The hens have been treated, fed, will receive a final treatment today, and go to their new homes tonight and Saturday. Thank you to people who've made a donation toward the costs of this rescue, we needed that so badly. (NZ Hen Welfare Trust, ASB 12-3095-0059462-00)
We've come up with a few ideas of other ways to raise funds, which I'll share tomorrow between rescue days. Wish us luck as we take half of these beautiful creatures to their forever homes tonight!!
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RESCUE OF 1000 HENS STARTS TONIGHT
Weve been organising dozens of volunteers, drivers, fosterers, and interviewing literally hundreds of potential adopters.  Finally, the actual uplift of the infamous 1000 Trade Me hens starts tonight.  The hens have been treated, fed, will receive a final treatment today, and go to their new homes tonight and Saturday.  Thank you to people whove made a donation toward the costs of this rescue, we needed that so badly.  (NZ Hen Welfare Trust, ASB 12-3095-0059462-00) 
 Weve come up with a few ideas of other ways to raise funds, which Ill share tomorrow between rescue days.  Wish us luck as we take half of these beautiful creatures to their forever homes tonight!!

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Do you still need homes....we live in Pukekawa on 4000sqm and would love to give some of these hens a forever home.

I'm keen, but based in Wellington.

What a mammoth effort. My hats off to you. Donated! xx

Good luck team! Will see the hens on sat morning before sending them off to their forever homes โค๐Ÿ’›

Amazing efforts. Thank you Shawn and everyone involved in helping <3

Good luck everyone on this amazing rescue.

Wow that’s a lot of chickens. Good luck x

Amazing work everyone. I'd help if I was closer.

Amazing! Hope you reply to my email soon, would love to have some apart of our family ๐Ÿ’œ

Shawn you are amazing I wish you all the best of luck with the rescue, keep up your amazing work

Oh my goodness what a daunting project.You guys rock...so do the chooks ๐Ÿคฉโค๏ธ

You guys are just amazing. Keep up the fantastic work ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Wow so impressive. I can give six a home

Good luck my friends. May everything go smoothly โ˜บ๏ธ

All the best for the big move! You guys are so amazing!!!!

You guys are fantastic. We can't wait to meet our new little loves tomorrow night. Thank you.

Awesome effort ๐ŸŒŸ

Thankyou so much! Sharing

Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜˜

This is exactly why I don’t buy caged or barn eggs!! So sad ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ก

Kirsten Lundon,Bert Idzerda and the man thought he had bought one chook from Trade me. Oh dear.Be careful Bert.๐Ÿ˜

Thank u for all that you do! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’š

Wow ๐Ÿ˜ฎ good luck ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Good luck! โค๏ธ

We are looking for 4. I know it’s not much but would love them.

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1000 โ€˜TRADE MEโ€™ HENS READY FOR RESCUE!
You probably heard about the egg farm that closed, and a man thought heโ€™d bought 1 hen for $1.50 on Trade Meโ€ฆ then discovered heโ€™s bought 1000! He kindly turned them over to us to rescue. They all needed treatment, and a caring farmer took them to his farm to do this for us. Theyโ€™ve now had their treatments, and lots of nutritious food. So now we go into action!!

CAN YOU HELP? WE NEED:
Homes, Rotorua transport, Hamilton location and Donations.

1. Great homes. If youโ€™d like to adopt, please contact animalsanctuary@xtra.co.nz Weโ€™ll have adoption centres in Muriwai, Kumeu, Albany, Puhoi, Matakana, Pukekawa, Wharehine (near Wellsford), and smaller numbers in Henderson, Three Kings, Waiheke and Grey Lynn. Pick up in Waiuku may be possible by arrangement. Hamilton is full (see below) and we still need a driver before we can approve adoptions in Rotorua (see below)

2. Vehicles and drivers to transport hens to Rotorua. Van? horsefloat? Station wagon? Cars?

3. A location in Hamilton where hens can be brought on Saturday, so adopters can pick up from you on the same day. Our first location is already full. A few more drivers to Hamilton may be needed if we find a new pick up location.

4. Donations. We are paying for the worm & parasite treatment for all 1000 hens, and their food and transport. Hundreds will be fostered until homes are found, so will need food & care for a some time. Any donation is greatly appreciated:
The NZ Hen Welfare Trust, ASB Bank, 12-3095-0059462-00
Tax claimable receipts are available, just notify us.
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1000 โ€˜TRADE MEโ€™ HENS READY FOR RESCUE!
You probably heard about the egg farm that closed, and a man thought heโ€™d bought 1 hen for $1.50 on Trade Meโ€ฆ then discovered heโ€™s bought 1000!  He kindly turned them over to us to rescue.  They all needed treatment, and a caring farmer took them to his farm to do this for us.  Theyโ€™ve now had their treatments, and lots of nutritious food.  So now we go into action!!

CAN YOU HELP?  WE NEED:
Homes, Rotorua transport, Hamilton location and Donations.

1.  Great homes.  If youโ€™d like to adopt, please contact animalsanctuary@xtra.co.nz    Weโ€™ll have adoption centres in Muriwai, Kumeu, Albany, Puhoi, Matakana, Pukekawa, Wharehine (near Wellsford), and smaller numbers in Henderson, Three Kings, Waiheke and Grey Lynn.  Pick up in Waiuku may be possible by arrangement.  Hamilton is full (see below) and we still need a driver before we can approve adoptions in Rotorua (see below)  

2. Vehicles and drivers to transport hens to Rotorua.  Van? horsefloat?  Station wagon? Cars?

3. A location in Hamilton where hens can be brought on Saturday, so adopters can pick up from you on the same day.  Our first location is already full.  A few more drivers to Hamilton may be needed if we find a new pick up location.

4. Donations.  We are paying for the worm & parasite treatment for all 1000 hens, and their food and transport.  Hundreds will be fostered until homes are found, so will need food & care for a some time.  Any donation is greatly appreciated: 
The NZ Hen Welfare Trust, ASB Bank, 12-3095-0059462-00 
Tax claimable receipts are available, just notify us.

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We have donated today from our animal charity fundraising efforts from our retail stores. Can you email a receipt to info@thegoodnessgrocer.co.nz the donation should show up tomorrow in your account ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey lovely, let me know if there’s any beautiful ladies that might need a little extra spec loving in their forever home

If there ends up being transport to hawkes bay I'll take some

Hi, can they be collected from the Muriwai adoption centre (Motutara Farm)? I will give some a home if so!

I am happy to transport. I have prado with a tow bar. Happy to fill the vehicle. Might be able to get a closed in trailer but happy to tow if someone has a horse float.

I’d be interested in a few if we can arrange to get them to Dargaville!

Would love to have some if theres transport to rotorua๐Ÿ˜Š

Yes please we would love to adopt, have just emailed you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hi there we would be interested in adopting a few chooks. Have you got any left we would like two or three please. Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you

I wouldn't mind taking a couple, I have a lonely girl in our orchard needing friends.

Is it happening this upcoming weekend? Aww I'd check with my parents if the hens could be brought to my house but I'll be in Auckland then.

Thank you for all your work. Don't forget donations everyone however small - every little bit helps these guys do their job and pay for the care and medicine and transport costs for the chookies. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’–โค

excellent thanks Hine

Hello I am in Rotorua an would love 5 hens

Would love to help! I am 15 mins south of Te Awamutu with fenced chicken paddock for people to pick up from.... ๐Ÿ˜Š

Who do we contact for Albany pick up keen to get a few have for them before from.you.

Will take 1 if delivered to Waiheke Island

I have a station wagon and can drive next weekend if needed. I’m based in Auckland but can travel ๐Ÿ™‚

Hi there I’ve sent a donation today under ACohen Please send my receipt when possible (no rush) to Theveganbeast@yahoo.co.nz Thank you

What happened to the other chickens that weren't sold to this man, at least 2000 more????

What area are they currently in that they need to be transported from ? Say if I was the bring my horse float and ute up to pick up a load to bring back to Hamilton ?

We are in Taupiri. Happy to be a pick up point ๐Ÿ™‚

May I please have 20 or 30. Kimeu

I’m in katikati and would be keen to take somez

Bev Fletcher Oi mum let's go get some chickens

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PEACOCKS HAVE HOMES, THANKS
A couple of great homes have been offered, so I'll take down the post... but let you enjoy the beauty of the photo! Thanks to everyone who shared.
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PEACOCKS HAVE HOMES, THANKS
A couple of great homes have been offered, so Ill take down the post... but let you enjoy the beauty of the photo!  Thanks to everyone who shared.

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What do you reckon Lou, shall I talk Shaun into getting some peacocks for the petting zoo?! ๐Ÿคฃ

Hope Carl finds nice homes for them

Melinda Williams take a piece of the island home with you

My daughter has a lone peacock on her property in Wainui - his companion was hit on the road - he sounds very lonely - anyone in the area who could capture and rehome him? He roosts in a very tall tree at night so not sure how to catch him.

Krysta

Leigh Courtenay

Fiona Gudopp

Great news!!!!

John Kirby

We have 2 lady peacocks on the farm with no cock in sight at the present time!!

Ohhh am I too late to offer a home for couple of them? We have a 11 hectares avocado orchard at Maungatapere and currently adopted a few pets also many ducks and chickens. I have always wanted a peacock then our neighbor landlords name Bunty just mentioned about them earlier this morning. We are ready to pick them up asap. Cheers Tann & Greg

Jade Goodman you need a peacock

So no animals allowed on Kawau at all then, wasn't long ago they were killing off the wallabies etc. The original animal loving owner would be turning in his grave. How sad.

Zeth u guys need peacocks ๐Ÿ˜‚

Alan Hart Sally-Ann Hart perfect ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Ahimsa Milk, peacocks?

Maggie N Dave peacocks?

James dooo itttttt ๐Ÿ˜‚

Anaru Chambers ... peacock?

Jeremy Trevathan your turning circle dreams could come true ๐Ÿ˜

Sarndra Knox!

Lynn Peat๐Ÿ˜ณ

Michell Morris ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I can take them

Trish Owen Treadwell you've always wanted peacocks ♥๏ธ

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It feels like someone flicked the switch from winter to summer, practically overnight. So we've started our summer routines a bit early. Lulu is already getting her daily sunscreen application, so that her pink skin doesn't burn. She (and all of the pigs) enjoy having an iceblock added to their water trough each day. It reminds me of "bobbing for apples" when I was a kid! ...

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Just a suggestion, but a large tub of zinc cream is a great way to buy the perfect sunscreen. Avoids all the carcinogens in commercial sunscreens and is less expensive. Zinc is also good for the health.

Very cute!

She’s beautiful

HEAVEN ON EARTH!

Ours like to blow bubbles for fun in their trough and definitely the weather for mud bathing and showers

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1000 HEN RESCUE CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT
Many of you heard through Stuff and other media channels about the 1000 hens we had planned to rescue this evening.
Vet tests revealed that the 1000 hens had a health issue that needs to be addressed first, and we were advised that we should not relocate them at this time. The hens will be treated. So we are on hold, and may be able to rescue them after treatment and all clear. I'll keep you updated....
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1000 HEN RESCUE CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT
Many of you heard through Stuff and other media channels about the 1000 hens we had planned to rescue this evening. 
 Vet tests revealed that the 1000 hens had a health issue that needs to be addressed first, and we were advised that we should not relocate them at this time.  The hens will be treated.  So we are on hold, and may be able to rescue them after treatment and all clear.  Ill keep you updated....

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I don't know whether to click the like or the cry emoji for this one!

I am happy to adopt some if there are any still available as my other rescues would love the company. Sally Holmes do you need any?

You folk. are marvelous What a huge humane undertaking. Accolades to you โค๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

I would be happy to take 2 when they have been cleared. I live in New Plymouth and have 3 rescue hens. They are free range and I love them

Sending good vibes for a positive outcome!! ๐Ÿ’™ Will be happy to take 6 again. To join my rescued girls from last year. Sure they have stories to share.

Best of luck for these beautiful wee souls

Hello... We have 3 hens but a hen house and safe fenced garden area for 3 or 4 more. I think you already have photos from us (from the original 3 ๐Ÿ™‚ but can provide more x)

Hope they get cleared then get to go to there new homes. I would love 3 they would definitely get the best treatment at mine. I tuck mine to bed every night in the coop lots of snuggles and love. Treat them the same as my little toddler lol palmerston north. Need a pet bus to deliver these round the country.

I’d be interested in getting some of these lovely hens when they are available we are on a farm ๐Ÿ˜ so lots of area to run around on how do we apply

Happy to take two. Have five free range chooks, can easily take a couple more

I’m sending you some love, because I know you will give it to all those hens when you will save them!

Were these the ones from Trade Me that a guy bought for $1.50 thinking he was buying 1 or 2 birds but ended up with 1000 ?

Oh good I'm glad they made contact with you. I recommended you when I saw it on nz poultry post first thing this morning. ๐Ÿ˜

Messaged you, we can take a few 6 or so when they are ready to be rehomed, rural property with plenty of room to roam around

Poor little ladies. Hope they all come through

I can adopt 50. We have a large farm.

Im happy to take a few! Have 5 hens already no roosters.

Theres a few of us in ohaupo waikato that could rehome 20 odd, freerange.

I am looking for 6 chickens once they are ready. Where abouts in the country are they located?

You are an angel ๐Ÿ˜˜

Hope they are ok and the rescue can go ahead

Are there any still available?. We could take 6 to 10 if that helps

I would like to have 2- 6 ๐Ÿ”when they become available. Thanks

I would like two or three. They will be free to run around my yard.

Susan Ye an update.

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RESCUE #1: (SPECIAL HOMES HAVE BEEN FOUND, YAY!)
We were called to an abandoned property in South Auckland. The tenants had disappeared, leaving a large number of brown shaver hens locked up without food and water. By the time we learned about it, over half had died. (yes, legal action is happening) We brought the surviving hens to our sanctuary in Matakana. At first it was awful to feed them, because even though we had 10 bowls, as soon as we put food in the first bowl all 45 of the hens were crushing each other trying to eat out of that one bowl. Starvation is a terrible thing. The hens have now recovered beautifully, are friendly, and returned to full health. Initially their ravaged bodies produced no eggs, but now most are laying. I donโ€™t care about eggs, but am happy because itโ€™s a sign of their health. We are confident that these hens are almost 2 years old, and will lay, but cannot guarantee this. So adopters must want them for their own sake, not just for eggs. After the horror of their past, we want forever homes where theyโ€™ll be loved. (NOTE: ALL OF THE HENS FROM THIS RESCUE HAVE NOW BEEN REHOMED. THANKS!)
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RESCUE #1: (SPECIAL HOMES HAVE BEEN FOUND, YAY!)
We were called to an abandoned property in South Auckland.  The tenants had disappeared, leaving a large number of brown shaver hens locked up without food and water.  By the time we learned about it, over half had died. (yes, legal action is happening)  We brought the surviving hens to our sanctuary in Matakana.  At first it was awful to feed them, because even though we had 10 bowls, as soon as we put food in the first bowl all 45 of the hens were crushing each other trying to eat out of that one bowl.  Starvation is a terrible thing.  The hens have now recovered beautifully, are friendly, and returned to full health.  Initially their ravaged bodies produced no eggs, but now most are laying.  I donโ€™t care about eggs, but am happy because itโ€™s a sign of their health.  We are confident that these hens are almost 2 years old, and will lay, but cannot guarantee this.  So adopters must want them for their own sake, not just for eggs.  After the horror of their past, we want forever homes where theyโ€™ll be loved.  (NOTE:  ALL OF THE HENS FROM THIS RESCUE HAVE NOW BEEN REHOMED. THANKS!)

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I don't know how people can be like that. . They could've at least left the door open so the chickens could get out and scratch about and go back in at night .. a lot of chickens will go back in others will find their own little place ๐Ÿ˜Š

How these people sleep at night totally evades me. I'm glad those chooks have you fighting in their corner. Keep up the brilliant work team ๐Ÿ˜Š

We got 4 of our hens from you guys and they were lovely pets . You do an amazing job ๐Ÿ™‚

thank you for saving them, folks if you are close enough to collect and have them please know they create the best manure for your garden and if you hate bugs and spiders they will kill them for you, so the benefits are not just eggs, one of my girls even cuddles me. on the weekend she flew over the fence, walked up the steps and ate a chunk of my salad sandwich lol, they can become your pet family with benefits ๐Ÿ™‚

Poor things - you are amazing people

I have sent a PM x

I don't know how these arseholes sleep at night....poor girls ๐Ÿ˜ฅ So glad you were able to save some of them...must have been rural South Auckland as someone would have complained in the suburbs.

Well done you. These poor girls having to see their friends die.

great work as usual

We in ruawai, currently have 30 chickens who are free ranging on my property. We would be happy to take 20 or so. Have four roosters but they are sorted into variety families

Hi I would like to adopt three hens as per Steve's post but your website stated only allow adoption in Auckland region?

I’ve emailed. โค๏ธ

I would like to get hold of these people ๐Ÿ˜ก. I can take 2. I will pm

Hence why I feed numerous dumped ones along roads in Waitakere's. They do not deserve starvation after growing up with food.

I can take some if you still need homes. 5-10 if need be.

what disgusting low lifes it makes me shudder to think people could be so heartless and cruel

We can take a couple we in te Awamutu

I am in te awamutu, how do we get them, do we travel to you or do you travel closer? I would like about 10 if I could ๐Ÿ˜Š

I would love 3 please. Can pick up this evening or on the morning. 027 949 6551. Plenty of room on farm.

Thankyou ๐Ÿ’š

There’s a heap of people wanting them on the media (either stuff or herald) article

Why didn’t they just let them out ๐Ÿคฌ

No words๐Ÿ˜ข

I have room for 2 more, will send an email

How sad ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข I have 3 hens . I have room to take one or 2 more . I have adopted before. Poor darlings .

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CATCHING UP: LOTS OF RESCUES
My apologies for not having posted for ages. My phone smashed, so living without photos and texts and messages has been interesting! Mostly, weโ€™ve been flat out with rescues. Some have been helping nice people with animals in difficult situations, and we were happy to assist. But a couple of rescues were truly hideous. We were exposed to unbelievable cruelty, deliberate torture, violent killing, abject neglect. I wonโ€™t go into details because of police/spca investigations, and because I donโ€™t want you to have the same nightmares weโ€™re having. Iโ€™m posting a beautiful photo of Romeo here at our sanctuary instead, as a reminder that kindness and peace still exist. Iโ€™ll post about 2 urgent rescues in a few minutes, so please watch for themโ€ฆ
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CATCHING UP: LOTS OF RESCUES
My apologies for not having posted for ages.  My phone smashed, so living without photos and texts and messages has been interesting!  Mostly, weโ€™ve been flat out with rescues. Some have been helping nice people with animals in difficult situations, and we were happy to assist.  But a couple of rescues were truly hideous.  We were exposed to unbelievable cruelty, deliberate torture, violent killing, abject neglect.  I wonโ€™t go into details because of police/spca investigations, and because I donโ€™t want you to have the same nightmares weโ€™re having.  Iโ€™m posting a beautiful photo of Romeo here at our sanctuary instead, as a reminder that kindness and peace still exist.  Iโ€™ll post about 2 urgent rescues in a few minutes, so please watch for themโ€ฆ

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If you need a phone I have an old iphone 4s if you want it - the battery life isn't fantastic but it would cope with texts/calls/photos if charged frequently.

Thank you for the awesome work you do. I’m sorry you’ve had to witness such evilness. Hope you sleep well tonight x

What you sometimes have to work your way through is so cruel and unnecessary. My heart goes out to you and all the animals. God bless the lot ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡

what you do is so hard and so rewarding at the same time. open heart surgery 24-7! thank you for your efforts and dedication

Thank you for all the amazing good work you do for animals

That is a truely lovely shot to temper the horror.

Love always to you n yours Shawn x

What a beautiful photo. ๐Ÿ’•

Lovely photo

Sounds like you’ve been really busy. I’m pretty much finished with school for this year so I have spare time to help out at the sanctuary! โค๏ธ

Beautiful photo

Thank you โค๏ธ

I’ve given up on the majority of humans.

Never cease to be dismayed at some people's cruelty ๐Ÿ˜ข Thankyou for helping those that can't help themselves.

That's such a magic pic ... you could Photoshop a golden horn and pretend he was a unicorn!

So happy there are people like you in the world.

*offers hugs*

No wonder I can't get hold of you, hope to talk soon but you have your hands full at the moment and with the super hot weather. Well done, you are all amazing x

It’s a sad post with a magical picture. Thank you for all you do ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

He’s a stocky wee lad!!

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Adoption all set, but am leaving the photo because it's so darn cute!! ...

Adoption all set, but am leaving the photo because its so darn cute!!

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Gaby Bailey, know anyone?

we live in Massachusetts but love your mission!! Prayers you find a baby for mourning momma โค

Sometime difficult to get them to bond. If she milks mum - goats milk freezes well. It doesn't separate like cows. You could well keep if for any orphans you get it and bottle feed them. Or if any other rescue centres or indeed SPCA need milk for a baby.

Hi Shawn, we adopted two baby goats from Pixie's Animal Rescue a few weeks ago, they rescue batches at a time. Worth a try.

There are so many babies on trademe good luck

aww! - good luck

You could try the South Auckland Animal Rescue, I know they have kids

So hope you find one โค๏ธ

Travelling from Auckland to Russell tomorrow, happy to help ๐Ÿ˜Š

Would she adopt a lamb?

Rach Sarah have you got any babies that need a home?

Jeffie Botha

Tamara Thompson

I don't know if you want to give yours up, but Catherine Southwick ๐Ÿคท

Tamara Thompson

Catherine Southwick

NZ GOAT Rescue Sanctuary & Rehoming any ideas?

Why do so many people look and not share? P.Lee

Jools Thompson know anyone??

Teresa Atkins ?

Fiona Grieves?

Abbey Lee

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WET DAY FOR SHEARING
Wouldn't you know? After several warm days, we booked ahead to get the sheep shorn. Today is the day...and it's been bucketing down for the past 24 hours. Oh well, at least we have a nice dry barn (thanks to The Good Friday Team!), so we put the sheep in last night and kept them in so they'll be dry for shearing today. Hopefully this storm will pass soon and the sun will come out tomorrow!
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WET DAY FOR SHEARING
Wouldnt you know?  After several warm days, we booked ahead to get the sheep shorn.  Today is the day...and its been bucketing down for the past 24 hours.  Oh well, at least we have a nice dry barn (thanks to The Good Friday Team!), so we put the sheep in last night and kept them in so theyll be dry for shearing today.  Hopefully this storm will pass soon and the sun will come out tomorrow!

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The shearers will be pleased! Usually they'd have to cancel, I'd think.

Had mine booked in today, so have had to cancel. Sheep are very soggy today!

Hope they don't get a chill after been shorn..we lost one once after been shorn & it rained the night after..was summer time to...

Here's hoping...โ˜€๏ธ

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