What did they do a hundred years ago?
Kristaps Vinogulajs wrote:Just a thought- runing water is freezing slowly, installing some small pump(connected to a solar panel) into two tank system might slow down water from freezing?
We divided our barn with a straw filled wall, so now we got cold part and not so cold part of barn where we are keeping our livestock. "Cold part" will be used in spring/summer when we will have more livestock. We also hanged some old blankets on doors and attached polyethylene film on window frames.
And large animals can help to maintain room temperature above zero with their body temperature.
Goats are fine if you do not clean their pen. Poop composting generates heat. If ceiling allows(2,5-3m) you can let poop-straw-hay layer be about 1 metre high. You have to have some tiny ventilation in barn! And in spring you will have some valuable material for your garden
John Polk wrote:A cheap trick that helps with poultry waterers is to throw about 3" of styrofoam packing peanuts in the resevoir.
As they drink, the foam stays on top of the water. When you refill it, they just float back to the top. Probably wouldn't do much good in Montana, but they sure work in milder climates.