6:39am-We're dealing with frigid temps here at Sunrise today. It's 0 degrees outside right now, -2 with the wind chill. Which is up from earlier this morning. It's only going to get up to 19 degrees today with the wind chill 10. On days this cold we go into survival mode, as it takes the entire day just to keep everyone in water, as it freezes as fast as you get it out there. It's also important to keep them in hay all day. Ruminants (goats, sheep, cows) and hind-gut fermenters (horses, rabbits) produce heat by digesting long-stem forage (hay). When weather is especially cold, extra hay will help keep the animals warm. We have to keep in mind, though, that the more hay (dry matter) animals consume, the more water they will need to drink. Without adequate water intake, animals may stop eating; horses can become impacted and colicky. Plus we do extra checks on the animals themselves. Sometimes fowl get frozen to the ground or pond, we have to watch and deter animals that try to walk on the pond (sheep and goats are bad for trying it.) And sometimes, especially the older animals get sick here in the fridgid cold temps.
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16730 Martin Welch Rd.
Marysville, OH 43040
Sunrise Sanctuary Inc is a non-profit organization that rescues and cares for farmed and companion animals who were abandoned, abused, or neglected. Sunrise encourages more humane and compassionate behaviors and believes that each living creature has value and deserves to live free of suffering and exploitation.
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