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!

Brrrr!

Wow, was it cold today! High 40’s yesterday, low 20’s today. And windy. I should have brought the hose into the barn yesterday, but it has been so unseasonably warm, I never even thought about it. So today I had a frozen hose. I had to use the back-up hose to fill with the water tubs. The back-up hose is full of kinks, which is why it’s the back-up hose. Tomorrow is not supposed to be quite so cold, so hopefully the other hose will be thawed out. Put some antifreeze in the tractor. Took most of the fans out of the barn windows and put the windows back in. Tonight the temps have dropped into the teens. Even though it’s late in coming, I am not ready for this cold weather.