I can’t wait for the #PolarVortex to be fully gone! We’ve had either negative wind chills or negative temps every night since the 5th and we’ve been solidly under 25°F this entire time. Serious #DeepFreeze!
However, we’ve had perfectly wonderful weather in comparison with the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas! I’m not complaining, except that I just KNEW we had moved a little too far north! I knew it! Should have never ventured out of the South!
The neighbor’s stock pond is frozen solid, I swear. Speaking of frozen solid, okay, almost solid, the new horse tank heater worked, in a way. So, I give it a solid B+ for workability as long as the animal has a long neck or can reach the little pocket of water. It made a pretty cool iceberg down inside, but it did not freeze totally solid.
Today I thought of the bees; I wonder if they made it? I checked them in January and they still had cake and seemed to be ever growing their stores, so I hope they’ve made it through. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if they had all died, too.
The horse, sheep, chickens, and Orange the barn cat (he sleeps in an open cat carrier in a heated bed with a horse blanket over the top) all stayed in the barn most of the time. When the temperature came up above 0°F, including the windchill, then I would open their doors and they could venture out into the snow and get snowblind. As soon as the sun started going down, I would close their doors again. Most of the time the sheep didn’t even want to go out!
The inside of barn would stay between +4° to 12°F during the night while outside the wind chills bottomed out around -26°F. Our lowest overnight temperature was -18°F with no added windchill.