Ice on the water tubs and the pile of ice after I chiselled it out. Next week the weather forecast says we will be hitting the mid-twenties. I can hardly wait for that heat wave!
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.
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!
The temperature dropped last night. And dropped and dropped! The wind picked up. It is cold cold cold! And feels even colder! Brrrr!
I spent an hour before starting chores covering barn windows with feed bags to cut down on drafts. Up until today it has been cold, but not cold enough to cover the windows. In fact, it has been mild enough that I’ve still kept a couple of the windows cracked. (It is a very old barn. Ventilation is not great, while insulation is non-existent.) When the water tubs freeze over, it’s time to winterize. The animals are fine, but when lambs start arriving (which will hopefully be soon) it is better to have it a bit warmer. Plus, it is much more comfortable for me when I am doing chores.
The kittens were funny. They seemed endlessly fascinated by the fact they could walk around on top of the water. After I broke the ice, dumped out the tubs, and refilled them with fresh water, I half-expected one of them to jump in and try it again. Fortunately they were smart enough to test the surface before jumping in. Once they realized the water was liquid again they lapped up a drink and quickly lost interest in the tubs.