Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Snow chores - chickens

We've had a lot of snow recently (yay!) and the temperature has been below freezing for several days. A week? Two? I haven't really paid attention. But I do know that the chickens' and rabbits' water dishes are frozen every morning and evening when I go out to check on them and give them food and water. I took some photos this morning whilst going about my chores. It was that early blue twilight time of day.

I water the rabbits and the chickens with rubber pans that hold about 3 gallons of water. The rubber stays flexible even in extremely cold temperatures. I've not had any problems with them at temperatures of about -10F. I flip them upside down and stomp on them, hard, with my boots.

Most of the ice pops right out. Any that clings to the dish can be popped out by flexing the dish or by poking at it with a gloved hand.

I carry warm water out in old vinegar jugs. I used milk jugs at first but the vinegar jugs are more sturdy and last longer.

Yay! Fresh water! The chickens are hesitant to come out into the snow. They will, but they must first get their courage up :)

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At January 09, 2010 11:49 AM, Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

I'm thinking of building an igloo out of the squares of ice I'm popping out of the rabbit water trays.

At January 11, 2010 5:08 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

Seriously! You know, I had a thought. If I were to want an old fashioned ice house, where big blocks of ice are stored in sawdust, I wouldn't have to mess with a pond and saws and hauling ice and all that nonsense. I'd just have to find some appropriately sized and shaped rubber tubs and make my own ice blocks.


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