I kept wondering/expecting to find frozen animals when I awoke.
It's been pretty cold all over. We are just now in the process of thawing out.
(I have to interject how proud I am of my two teenage children who handled their early morning below zero chores like champs!)
This was by far our coldest days of farming we have experienced and we weren't sure exactly what we should or shouldn't be doing to try and prevent any death amongst our animals.
Our sheep were our main concern as we don't have them in a barn. Not because we wouldn't be willing, but in fact, we don't have a barn. So we moved them into a fresh paddock of grass, and put out a one of our smaller hoop houses to use as some shelter from the wind. We also took out some alfalfa hay each morning and afternoon.
Our ducks are probably the best prepared for winter with their fluffy down coats, but their feet can suffer from frostbite, particularly because they splash so much water around all day. We added some fresh bedding to keep them dry.
The chickens are housed for the winter in their house with a deep litter method of bedding. Their constant scratching turns the bedding, mixed with their droppings, to create heat which rises up and keeps them warm.
For all of the animals, they use a lot of energy to produce heat, so we made sure to bump up their feed in the morning, and then provided them some additional feed in the afternoon.
We were very blessed that this time we did not lose any animals. Maybe you have some other things you have done that worked well (or even didn't work). Feel free to share in the comments below, or send us an email.