We have to take extra measures to care for the cattle and chickens when extreme cold spells hit, and it's all about More! One reason we love our Hereford cattle is that they are very cold hardy and seem to have enough sense to take shelter when it's extreme outside.
|Pedro with "The Girls" eating lots of extra hay|
We have three paddocks near the barns and each paddock of animals has plenty of access to the barns where they can go in and hunker down in the fodder. On days like this I pray that their instinct to stay close and share body heat is strong. We also pray that it warms up so that we have enough hay to make it all the way to spring.
|Chickens with two heat lamps and extra bedding|
Chickens roost close together in the rafters at night to take advantage of the rising heat the the chicken to chicken warmth. As you can see I have a heat lamp right next to the water to keep it partially thawed. It has been working fairly well since our heated water tank broke. Chickens also eat a lot more feed in the extreme cold.
We even have one smart cat who lives under a heat lamp in the coop right now. I still need to figure out a trick to keep the eggs from freezing and cracking!