Saturday, July 7, 2012
Ice Chips for Chickens
The heat index reached 104°F yesterday, and again no rain. I had to water the garden both morning and night. One acorn squash died, and another doesn't look so good. Battling the heat has been hard work.
I chipped ice for the chickens and cooled them off. They have fans on them, but they are still at risk from the heat.
We had to put one barn cat in the garage with ice chips in water and food. She was dehydrated.
The vet gave us the idea to fill water bottles and freeze them (or 2 liter bottles for horses), and place in the goat's water buckets to keep the animals cooled off. Poor baby buckling wasn't handling the heat too well. A few days ago, my 15 year-old daughter cooled him down with the water hose.
I think I sweat off a gallon of water just picking potatoes. Despite heat, I brought in lots of garden goodies for a big pan of roasted vegetables and another dish of potatoes, green/wax beans and bacon.