Cold Coming On
Tonight lows are in the lower single digits and tomorrow the HIGH is 8 degrees. Looks like a morning of chores in stages instead of one long morning outing. This is always the best way to deal with extreme cold. Instead of rushing to get the animals seen to in the bitter cold, spend more in segments. For example: tomorrow the sheep will get their hay and instead of just moving on to feed Merlin I'll turn off their electric fence, hop over it, dig our their mineral block from the snow (if they haven't already), turn over their water and jump up and down on the rubber container to get out the igloo bricks, then get them fresh water from the well and a rubber ball to place in it. This was a reader tip (Thank you!) and as the wind moves the ball about it will help stop ice from forming. I'm giving that one a try! All that will take about 15-20 minutes and once they are set I'll go inside, defrost my hands, put on some coffee and head out again once I thawed. That takes about five minutes. Then it's back outside and onto horse chores: same deal. Hay, minerals, ice, water. Then back inside and warmed up before heading back for goats, and so on.
How do you guys deal with extreme chores and morning cold? Do you change your schedule to go out later in the AM because you feed later at night? Do you have an army of defrosting devices and tricks? Do you snuggle up by the stove and send your spouse, because you take turns during the week doing morning chores on and off? Inquiring minds want to know!