One like we haven’t seen for around 18 years.
Since we’re in Tennessee, this will be very cold weather for us. It wouldn’t be so bad elsewhere (where the locals were prepared for it), but we will be making a handful of extra preparations:
Extra bedding/extra light/plastic nailed over the window for the chickens:
They will also get a shallow pan for water temporarily-The waterer will freeze quickly and I don’t want to thaw it multiple times per day. The pan will freeze, but I can break ice off the top and add fresh water easily. There are two chickens loose that I need to catch and lock up. They’re much less likely to freeze inside the building.
Extra firewood – it had already been cut and split, but I decided to stack it closer to the house to minimize long trips for wood:
And I also like to fill a wheelbarrow with wood that can be rolled right up to the door:
Even a little bit more firewood will be brought into the house and replenished regularly so it has time to dry out before I use it.
Noah moved some rabbits around and will probably bring the smallest ones in for the coldest weather, in addition to replacing all the waterers with plastic dishes. Waterers freeze way too fast and are hard to thaw. The cages were all wrapped with plastic as an extra windbreak.
The dog got extra bedding in her house, and will also come in on the coldest days.
I’ve checked the coolant in all farm equipment for freeze protection, verified the tires/belts/hoses on the cars are good (cold weather and sudden temperature changes will cause a lot of stress on worn rubber parts), added a blanket and my SAR pack to the car, and secured all outbuildings against wind.
I also put up another ground plane antenna and this time ran a wire INTO the house so we can stay warm while talking.
That’s about all I can do for now, but a good start. There will probably be plenty to do tomorrow and as the cold weather moves in, since that’s when we’ll find everything we forgot about.