Looks like 2010 is going to end with quite the bang up here in New Hampshire. We usually refer to these huge snowstorms as ‘Nor’easters’ but the weathermen are all calling it a blizzard, probably because of the strong winds. They keep ‘upping’ the forecast and this evening it now looks like we’ll get 14 – 21 inches of snow by the time the storm is over tomorrow evening. No matter what you call it, that’s a lot of snow for one storm.
Alpacas don’t like to be closed in, and we’d never sleep knowing they didn’t have a way to ‘get out’ should something happen to the barn. But all this wind will definitely blow snow into our open barn, so this afternoon we spent a few hours with tarps, scraps of plywood, a staple gun, and a cordless screwdriver. First Dan dragged in their outside hay feeder and then we set out to block the openings of the barn. We covered over three of them and half of the fourth one, leaving about a 6 foot wide opening. We wanted it wide enough so that if something startled them, they could all run out pretty much at once. Their small hay feeder is positioned right in front of this opening, so we moved that against the side of the pen wall. We spread out a bale of fresh straw in this protected section of 4 pens, put out 2 buckets of hot tap water, filled and fluffed the 3 hay feeders, told them to stay cushed together for warmth, and be nice to each other. I doubt any of them will venture outside tonight! It’s awfully dark in there now so we’ve left the back porch light on as a bit of a nightlight for them.
Stay safe, my alpaca friends.