It became cold here the last couple of days and we got a light snow dusting yesterday.
With the cold weather settling over us we got really concerned about the pigs. Being first-time pig owners with no experience under our belts, we didn’t know how cold is too cold. We don’t worry about the chickens anymore, as they handled 10°F temps last winter with no supplemental heat and no issues, but the pigs are an unknown. Just in case, we added a plywood ceiling over their straw bale shelter walls, and piled straw over that. This was suggested by Bruce in the comments to our pig shelter post. We also added more loose straw to their shelter, although they tend to push it out rather quickly.
Thankfully, last night as the news was predicting temperatures in the teens we noticed this recent post from Ebey farm. That made us stop worrying as much. The next morning both pigs seemed fine.
With the pigs still alive and snorting, the usual cold weather chores started, mainly making sure the drinking water wasn’t frozen. Lee brought his ever handy propane torch along (in case the metal nipple was frozen) and the piggos were their extremely helpful selves as always.
After we finished taking care of the pigs, we went out to check on the chicken’s water. Lee had unhooked the hose and drained the pipe in the automatic chicken waterer so it wouldn’t burst. While the cold temps are here we went back to using the small hanging chicken waterer which makes taking care of their water situation easier. As soon as the freezing weather passes in about a day we will hook it back up again. For now, the chickens aren’t sure they like the white stuff. Only a few venture out and make tracks.