Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink!

The freezing temperatures in Ohio are not letting up. This morning, January 29th, it was -17 when I let the dogs out at 7 a.m. to use the bathroom.  That means, unfortunately, my water hose is still frozen solid. I don’t have a water line in my barn or even near my barn so that means I have to hand carry about 20 gallons of water a day for the chickens, ducks, goats, and cow.

Ted bought me a wonderful electric water bucket that keeps the water from freezing in the paddock, but I still have to carry the water out to this wonderful electric bucket.  Since I’m not wonder woman, that means about ten trips in and out the front door carrying gallon milk jugs full of warm water, down the porch steps, and over across the yard to the paddock fence just to get to the electric bucket.

Today, however, I figured out how to do it in less trips!  I slid a broom handle through all these jugs and in three trips I had almost filled the water bucket.

Then it was just two more trips from the garage to the barn to take out enough hay, cracked corn, and dinner scraps from last night (as a treat for the hens). 


I think maybe it warmed up to about 12 degrees now and they all seem happy to be stomping around in the snow. I know I’m happy to be back in my warm house by the fireplace!

2 thoughts on “Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink!

  1. We have one of those heated buckets in our chicken coop, but it freezes in our low temps especially the 0* or less. We still haul water out every day to that bucket too. I am glad we don’t have quite as many as you have too. On the bright side this summer you will have strong muscles 🙂


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