Our first single digit temperature of the new year, and unsurprisingly for that kind of temperature things aren't as simple as when it isn't bone chillingly cold. First of all, rabbit water is frozen to the point of being undrinkable within about 10 minutes, and is frozen solid within less than an hour. That's meant that I was up late, and early both making sure that the rabbits got enough time at water. That of course means that by morning when I've gotten 4 hours total sleep I'm a little fuzzy mentally, but not so fuzzy I didn't notice that there were some other things after the sun came up.
Cold Antler Farm when we have a chance we're going to get some warm water down him, hopefully with some medications mixed into it. Before we left we made sure there were a few patches of food and plenty of warm water available.
One of the things that's true about winter is that there's plenty of snow around, and while the turkeys certainly can get water from the seeps, that cold water has a consequence. When it's cold and you drink cold water, your body has to produce more heat to compensate for the cold water. Due to that, we try to provide water to the animals at as warm a temperature as we can manage. Not hot enough to burn for sure, but warm enough that they aren't having work at it so hard. Hopefully that will be enough to help the black turkey, and tonight he's back in the trees with his buddy. If not I'm going to just have to grab him carefully and get him into the coop. Fortunately it is going to be warmer I think.