I am thinking of writing a story all about a family on a big farm. The forest is to the west and has lots of maples.
The family has chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese for poultry, cows, pigs, sheep, and goats as well as horses.
Goats are known to eat almost anything and the family only uses them for milk production.
Sheep are used to produce fleece and milk and occasionally for meat.
Pigs are mainly bred for meat. So the family lets the biggest pigs of each generation survive.
Cows are used for both milk and meat. For up to 2 years after they have a calf they produce 1 to 10 gallons of milk per day.
Geese are mainly bred for meat and eggs. They don't tend to go broody like other birds which is a problem when you have chickens, ducks, and turkeys all going broody and want to hatch goslings naturally.
Turkeys are mainly bred for meat and not for eggs like other birds. However the family does get unfertilized turkey eggs in the process.
Ducks are bred for meat and eggs.
Chickens are bred for mainly eggs but also meat. Most of their chicken meat comes from young roosters and hens.
The chickens lay about 300 eggs a year on average total.
They have a 5 acre garden. 1 acre is for apples and cherries. Another acre is for citrus fruits. The other 3 acres are for other fruits and vegetables.
The horses are used for long distance travel and for carrying heavy loads.
The problem is that a power outage has occurred due to a thunderstorm and the family isn't sure when the power will be back on. Because of this, less eggs are produced. But worse than that is that they have to keep their meat and milk and unfertilized eggs cold while using as little ice as possible. They have to keep the air temperature between 32 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit in their cooler. At the same time they have to keep the ice below freezing without using any dry ice. How can they accomplish this?