There are different techniques to get through the cold weather. Above Rocky is demonstrating the “stay in the house on the couch” technique.
But if you have to go outside, the most important thing is to stay warm. So Tom and I put on wool. Wool sweaters, socks and hats. Then there’s the thick Carhartt coats and boots. But the hands are critical. If they get cold, all chores fail. So here’s different hand warming options:
The next challenge is frozen water. There are different options for breaking this ice, depending on how thick it is. There’s the stomp option,
the broken pitchfork handle possibility,
the post pounder tool,
and finally the throw the container upside down, jump up and down on it, drain and refill it technique.
This last one only works with the rubber containers and if there’s a way to refill it. Which brings me to the next issue, obtaining more water. We have freeze-proof faucets which naturally freeze each year so now we have warming tape surrounded by insulation which the animals nibble on.
We do not have any hoses though. We did not get the hoses emptied in time for this early freeze. So it will be buckets until we can thaw out again.
Old skinny animals get warm water bucketed from the house regardless. Clara was the goat I thought was going to die with this cold weather. She’s still hanging in there, with her separate warmer pen, wool sweater, warm water, extra grain and lots of hay for her rumen.
I can totally relate. Been hauling out 5 gallon buckets about 3 times a day. Even the rabbit waters have to sit in the buckets for 10 minutes to thaw, then repeat in a few hours, etc. I like the rubber buckets for the same reason, it’s fun for the kids to toss them around.
Steve calls me “chicken feeder” when I am tossing things around, that’s my “mood” that I used to demonstrate but not that often any more. More property means less oftentimes that anyone sees me get in a mood, so yes, Donna, I can sympathize with you on the water and the cold. Enough already!
I love this post. Couch technique, tried it, love it.
Frozen water buckets, tried them all, hate them. I noticed the little hoof marks on top of the ice, so I guess you forgot the sheep/goat stomp technique.
Nothing says love more than farm animals in clothing.
Rocky has it figured out! The sheep/goats didn’t have much luck with their stomp technique. Sacrificing a perfectly good wool sweater for a goat is true love.
Yeah, my hammer is on the bottom of my water trough.
I did forget to mention you do need to hang onto the ice breaking tools.
I had one goat that got a flannel coat that I put elastic on to hold it down. Worked well for her.
I love my heated buckets, but if you don’t have electricity in the barns, that doesn’t work. Love the little hoof prints on the ice!
Clara managed to get out of her sweater but it is getting warmer now.
We have a de-icer and can use an extension cord if things get desparate.
The goats were trying to stomp the water to no avail.