This morning I walked out to do my chores and found Courage standing in the tank, on the ice. She's at least 800lbs. I fed the rabbits and chickens, and headed out to separate Murial and Xuxi, and to see what on earth was going on with the tank. It was half full yesterday. The electric deicer was still plugged in, but buried under the ice. Courage stood there staring at me, before deciding that she had better get out of the tank.
I tried getting the deicer out, but the ice above it was just too thick. What looks like might have happened was that the cows sucked down the water that the deicer had melted, and it had slipped under a thicker chunk of ice, causing the thinner part to refreeze. It should be 40F sometime today, and I should be able to dislodge the deicer and fill the tank.
Last summer I had talked to Husband about the freezing issue. We looked into all kinds of expensive products, I really would love to have the Frost Free Nose Pump. But I settled on isolating and using solar to keep the tank from freezing. It never happened.
The rabbits have a heated water dish and the chickens have a heat lamp on their waterer, but the cows and sheep. . . well just the floating deicer. Something has to happen, they should never be without fresh water. So this will be another project.