Tinker Bell (winter 2010)
And since my animals are happy, that's why on the rare occasion when they get out, I don't worry. They aren't going far. The know where the getting is good. I just open up the gate and in they come again.
Hence, when you place these waterers in the pen, you put them on the south side of the sheds where the sun can get to them when she's a mind to send some warmth our way. The black color and rubber construction heats up and keeps the water from freezing as quickly as if it were in plastic or metal. On cold days, they stand up to the abuse needed to dislodge the ice.
Watering is the first chore of the day. I usually give a small treat near the watering pans to encourage the stock to come drink. Then I milk giving the animals time to drink before I hay them. Hay first and they will dig in to eat while the water freezes solid risking impaction of their bowels.This drift in front of the chicken coop is getting old as I struggle through it with my arms full of hay or a bucket of feed and one of water for the chickens. At least now, the snow is getting packed down and I can walk without sinking up above my knees.
Me thinks I need to build a snowman or go sledding to remember the enjoyment that snow brings, instead of its trials for winter already seems long.