It was -13 at our Iowa farm this morning, with the wind blowing. Nice. I am grateful we replaced our front door last summer. In the past we had to tape it shut for days like this.
The sheep don't seem to mind this cold. They snuggle down in the barn, and a few even sleep outside on the south side of the barn. WOOL.
How are you staying warm this cruel month of January? Here are some ideas from the Living the Country Life Facebook page.
The chicken is in the bathtub.....LOL (She's 12 yrs old so she is spoiled beyond reason) She's been inside since it started getting cold.
All in barn with heat lamps and lots of hay. Here in central IL, our wind chill is currently -45°!
My dog is in the house, in my bed and under the covers.
We use heat lamps in our coop for our chickens and turkeys and we also have feral kitties running around and they have a heat lamp as well with beds in the garage.
Electric watering systems to keep water from freezing, tarps to block the wind, lots of feed and hay. We have two cows in a small barn, three goats in another barn, chickens in their coop, and the sheep I think like it, haha.
The dogs are inside with me, the alpacas love this cold weather, they roll around in the snow (they also have a nice barn) and the chickens have an extra heat lamp in the coop.
The chickens have a (very expensive, but worth it) insulated dog house w/ a door that I close every night. This little house is placed inside one side of a small brick building - you have to turn right and then left to get into the tiny room. It perfectly keeps out wind, snow, etc., and the insulated little house keeps them toasty at night. All the other animals are in the house: 4 dogs, 1 rabbit, 1 Macaw, and 1 Pot Belly Pig. We're all snug as a bug in a rug!
We allowed the goats to get in our chicken coop with the heat lamp.. It's a full size split barn.. Plenty of room. And I'm going out every so often to break ice.. oh and we put extra bedding down all around.
I spread straw all over the chicken yard and put a heater in the coop where our pygmy goat, chickens and guinea birds have spent the worst of it. When they got cabin fever, the straw path got larger. So far only one little spot of frost bite on my roosters comb.