First, we have to thank God we never lost power during this historic blizzard! Power can mean the difference between life and death in rural areas such as Peaceful Fields Sanctuary’s location. For outdoor animals, power means water to drink and a place to warm themselves. For people who lovingly care for animals it means investing in submersible water trough heaters and overhead heat lamps. It also means doubling and sometimes tripling the winter power bill. Water trough heaters require 1500 watts each, and we currently have three in use at PFS. These heaters automatically come on when the water temperature gets low enough to freeze.
We also have two heated water buckets, one for Toby and one for Beauty. They each require 60 watts to operate and also come on automatically.
In addition to the water heaters for the goats, Elvis and Brownie, we have constructed water heaters for the chickens. An inexpensive and reliable solution to chicken water freezing is a few dollars in lamp parts from the hardware store and a large cookie tin from Hobby Lobby (on clearance for $0.90!) We have four in operation and each has a 40 watt light bulb inside. These sit under their existing water containers.
We also use an enclosed space heater in the chicken coop for ambient heat. It runs on 1500 watts of power and we manually tun it off when the outdoor air temperature goes above freezing. Heat Lamps are also in use and we have three operating when needed. Each one runs on 250 watts!
So, as January has had nearly every night dropping below freezing, we have had an additional 7,030 watts of electricity used every day. That is like having roughly 14 refrigerators running in your home!! Can you imagine what our next power bill will look like?
In addition to the added power for warmth, the animals don’t have grass to graze on in the winter months so we spend twice as much on hay and pellet feed. Currently we spent about $30+ PER DAY on feed so the animals can get enough calories and stay warm on the inside!
If you can help in any way, even to share and spread the word, we here at Peaceful Fields Sanctuary would be most appreciative! We have to keep them warm and watered and we need your help! CLICK HERE TO DONATE!
The Water trough heaters doing their job! Keeping water in it’s liquid state despite deep snow!