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By Sigrid Olson

Part 1 Winter Pigs, Snowy Sheep and Cold Chickens Surviving Below Zero


Allyson Nelson

Sheep are well-adapted to colder weather with their wool. Providing shelter, food and fresh water all contribute to keeping animals healthy and warm during subzero temperatures.

Farm and ranch animals are well-adapted to overwintering. Pigs burrow, chickens fluff their feathers and sheep stay insulated in their wool. Providing shelter, fresh water and extra feed is key to keeping animals healthy and warm throughout the cold months.

Pigs don't hair up for winter but if their shelters have a low roof, plenty of clean straw and other pigs to nestle with they can burrow into the straw to stay protected from the cold and wind.

Potomac farmer and rancher Russell Hudson said the key to healthy pigs in subzero temperatures is to provide shelter and fresh straw.

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