Colder Tonight

23 degrees (F) in the barn, 5 degrees (F) outside. Ice was 2″ thick on the water tubs + building up on the inside of the tubs. Chicken jug was frozen solid. The hens actually put off going to roost for me to give them some liquid water. They were that thirsty. The kittens were making pests of themselves wanting a drink. Put new bulbs in the warming lamps in hopes they will keep the water from freezing solid. Wearing 2 pairs of socks and insulated muck boots, but my toes were getting mighty cold before I was done with chores.

Cold snap – only the beginning

It was 27 degrees (F) in the barn tonight. Which was awesome, considering the fact it was 6 degrees (F) outside. And today is forecasted to be the warmest day for the upcoming week. The water tubs are crusted with a thin layer of ice. The chickens’ waterer is frozen solid. Last night the water hose into the barn froze on me. Had to drag it up to the house and thaw it in the bath tub. Chopping ice before I can dump out the tubs to refill them. Breaking up the ice in the chicken jug to be able to dump the old water and refill it. Days like this make me really miss the barn on our old farm that had hot and cold RUNNING water in the milk house. Sigh. The animals are fine. This farmer is freezing her butt off!