Winter Water

Water is always a pain in the winter, for the chickens there are several ways to handle it; electrically heated water supplies work well if you have electricity, for some reason I don’t right now which means cycling smaller water supplies out for them so they have a continual supply.

For larger animals  there are floats to keep the water thawed, unfortunately I don’t have electricity near the horses so I keep a sledgehammer just outside the gate. Thankfully for me we don’t normally have extended times with temperatures below freezing so this is a manageable technique. If it gets really cold, below 10 degrees F, for more than a day I will bring a 5 gallon bucket of water out to them every couple of hours, a horse drinks about 5 gallons a day, if they want water they will drink a couple of gallons at one time, since I only have two horses each of them gets a good drink out of a 5 gallon bucket, in a few hours I’ll get the bucket and fill it up again, if most of the water in the bucket is frozen I know they are getting more than they need.

Author: millcreekhomestead

Just a stay at home Dad trying to become more self sufficient in a world getting more dependent. It’s easy to get lost in all the things of the world, sometimes the best therapy is getting your hands dirty and growing something good!

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