Our temperatures have been below freezing since Sunday.We are having some serious winds but, it has been mostly dry which is what I love. Clear skies and below freezing temperatures don’t make me as cold as when it is any temperature and raining. Rain chills me to the bone.
Here is what our pond looked like one morning. The wind had blown hard all night long and the bit of leftover snow was blown onto the frozen pond.
Since I’m so much better from my surgery and Michael has been doing double duty for almost two months, I’ve decided it is time to resume my morning chores. Monday I went out alone thinking it would be a quick chore day. As I approach the barn I see the bunny waters are frozen. I took them inside to soak in a sink full of hot water but there was no water. I was grateful when Michael showed up not too long after me. The temps when we go out in the morning have been 24°. The buckets of water for the animals are all covered with ice, the bunny waters are frozen solid, and the chicken water is half way frozen. I guess I should have expected that.
The pipes in the barn are staying clear with all the heat cable and foam Michael put on them. However, we do have a weak link…..the hose from the water heater to the sink. Michael says we can’t remove it to drain each night so the water in it freezes every night. Makes it a bit more difficult to thaw the bunny water as well as other waters.We decided to break out the heated buckets for the goats. The first day we just left the water dripping in the sink hoping that would prevent the pipe from freezing.It didn’t help. Still frozen the next morning.
We have all of our heat lamps hung in the kidding stalls in preparation for kidding season which is due to start soon, so this morning Michael moved one of them to the sink area.
I think it was a brilliant idea. I’ll know it was brilliant if it isn’t frozen in the morning.
To help the bunnies, when we do the evening chores we are going to dump out the cold water and fill it with hot water. Hopefully, they won’t freeze completely. I think we also need to hang a heat lamp above the water in the chicken coop.
I know it isn’t as cold as a lot of states, but the cold temperatures do emphasize the need to keep the water flowing for the animals.