Water in the Winter

It’s cold outside!

Water is really important for animals. They need to have water to keep healthy. It’s been very cold outside so their water freezes.

We use electric water heaters and electric buckets for the water.


Do you see the round piece of metal at the bottom of the bucket?
That is a heater that keeps the water warm enough that it doesn’t freeze.
The animals are a little sloppy and they’ve dropped hay into their water.


This bucket has an electrical chord that plugs in.
The bucket has a heater inside the bottom, you can’t see it
because it’s enclosed inside the plastic.


This is a special hose.
The hose has a heater in it!
It keeps the water from freezing inside the hose.
That’s important because if there is ice in the hose we can’t use it.
If we can’t use the hose then we have to carry buckets of water to fill all the barrels.
That’s a lot of work! We would have to carry 14 or more buckets of water every day
to fill up all the barrels. 


Water is important for healthy animals. If they have enough clean food and water they can stay warm and healthy during the winter, even when they live in a barn with no heaters.

There is also a heater in the water that the chickens drink, but the chickens don’t mind eating snow if they aren’t in the pen. The cows, sheep, and goats don’t like to eat snow or peck at ice to get their water so we make sure they always have water, not ice, in their barrels and buckets.


Heating water takes a lot of electricity so this year we put solar panels on
the roof of the barn. That should help keep our costs down.
We have a great place for the solar panels.
Not everyone has as nice a place for the solar panels as we do!

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