How fitting, I just received this from a friend:
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 8:54 AM
Subject: [homesteadingwomen] How to keep animals water from freezing in winter
How to keep animal's water from freezing in winter
For those who are looking for a way to keep your livestock water
from freezing in the winter, here is a simple solution
Ever wonder how the early pioneers cared for their animals and
provided them with plenty of fresh water in the winter time? Well,
this is how some did it
You will need two tubs; one larger than the other, the smaller one
will hold the water. Depending on size of water dish, you could use
a tire instead of an outside tub. A tire will also help hold heat in.
A black plastic bag - or - more than one, depending on the size of
the bag and the big tub. The heavier the mill, the better.
The freshest, richest horse manure you can get.
A garden shovel or some sort of scooping device.
A pair of disposable or rubber gloves.
1. Put on the gloves.
2. Place a plastic bag inside the water tub (Dish), completely
covering the inside but not covering the outside. This will allow
for easy removal when finished and protect the inside from being
3. Inside the big tub, place and pack about two inches or
deeper of fresh horse manure. Disperse it evenly and keep it level.
If using a tire, you can just fill bags with manure and stuff them
inside the tire.
4. Place the plastic covered water dish in the center of the
big tub and check it to ensure it is level and as evenly centered as
5. Place and pack the remaining fresh horse manure tightly
around the water tub. The more manure and the tighter the better.
This will provide you with all the heat you need to keep water from
6. Cover all the horse manure with the plastic bags. Be sure to
cover well. This will trap the heat inside and also prevent the
water from getting soiled and contaminated.
7. Remove plastic covering from inside the water dish. Now it
is ready to fill with fresh water.
8. Clean up area and dispose of contaminated items.
9. When winter is ended, you can continue to use this system in
the summer months by replacing the water dish with a potted tomatoes
10. When the horse manure stops heating, use it to fertilize
your garden and just repeat the process all over again, using fresh
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