Winter at The Ranch Menagerie – Animals can’t drink ice

This time of the year on the ranch, Nick is as busy as ever. Everyone has to be fed, they need plenty of straw and other insulators (even heaters) to keep them warm enough. And they also need plenty of fresh water available in all kinds of weather.  And that means making sure that when the goats, or sheep, or pigs or any of the many other 90+ animals go to get a drink they don’t find a block of ice instead. 

If you’ve taken care of farm animals or at least visited a farm supply store, you’ve probably seen the handy electrical devices they make to keep the water from freezing. The Ranch Menagerie has these, fortunately, for the larger animals. But in the case of all the smaller “critters,” Nick has to monitor their water day and night to make sure everybody can get a drink when they want water. 

Water is vital to all living creatures, so remember, if you are kind enough to feed wild or stray animals, to make sure they have clean, unfrozen water, too.  

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