Goat of the Month - Mollie

The Goat Spot - Goat Forum > Goat discussion forums > Goat Management > HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.



Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-07-2010, 01:21 PM   #1
Plumbago
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 59
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

I am thinking of inpending births in the winter months. Our temperature does get to minus 1 at night. Does and kids are housed in shed but it does get very cold .. any suggestions and ideas other breeders use for heating or these circumstances.



__________________
Plumbago is offline  
Pygmygoatluver Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2010, 01:57 PM   #2
sweetgoats
Moderator
TGS_MODERATOR.png
 
sweetgoats's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Peyton CO.
Posts: 10,012
Liked 1256 Times on 876 Posts
Likes Given: 33

Send a message via MSN to sweetgoats
Default Re: HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

We do all our kidding in the very cold months. I like it better because for me they seem to be stronger and not near as sick as the spring babies.
Now I always try to be there when they are born but that is not alsways possible as I am sure you know, but try to have lots of staw for them to bed down in. I will keep a heat lamp on the babies for only up to 48 hours, and that is only if they are small and a little on the weaker side. If they are up and nursing quick, and doing fine, then no heat lamp for them.
If it is still cold and they are not doing how I think they should be I make a homemade coat for them. The heat lamp is off, but I take a sleeve off of a sweatshirt, and make a coat out of it for them. I cut holes for the front legs, abnd their head goes through the hand area. It works great. I have never lost a baby to the cold.
I am in Colorado and not only so we get the snaow and cold but where I live it is always blowing, so last year during part of my kidding, with the wind chill it was -45. If the wind would of stopped it would not of been so bad.



__________________
Lori
Home of the 2003,04,05,07,08, 09 and 2011 Grand Champion Cashmere goat.Colorado State Fair.
Home of the 2011 and 2012 Grand Champion Best is show Estes Park Wool Market.

sweetgoats is offline  
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2010, 03:26 PM   #3
toth boer goats
TGS_MODERATOR.png
 
toth boer goats's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: corning california
Posts: 43,136
Liked 3900 Times on 2885 Posts
Likes Given: 7361

Default Re: HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

I do like Lori Does....

__________________
http://www.tothboergoats.com/
~Pam~
Toth boer goats
Located in northern ca
selling Registered Fullbloods to commercial stock
http://tothboergoats.com/
toth boer goats is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
liz
Administrator
TGS_ADMIN.png
 
liz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Shelocta PA
Posts: 23,132
Liked 1985 Times on 1267 Posts
Likes Given: 5670

Send a message via Yahoo to liz
Default Re: HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

I'm present for each birth, get kids dried and nursing as fast as possible, thick layer of bedding and I also have box type smaller stalls. Does and babies cuddle together. No heat lamps here but I do use sweaters on kids if I think they need them.

__________________
2014 breeding schedule available! http://www.dollysacre.com/breedingplans.htm
Quality Registered Nigerian Dwarfs & Natural Goats Milk Soaps
http://www.dollysacre.com
liz is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2010, 09:02 PM   #5
sweetgoats
Moderator
TGS_MODERATOR.png
 
sweetgoats's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Peyton CO.
Posts: 10,012
Liked 1256 Times on 876 Posts
Likes Given: 33

Send a message via MSN to sweetgoats
Default Re: HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

The other thing is you do not want to "keep" them warm to long, they need to learn to regulate their own body temp. I know someone that used heat lamps all winter because she did not want the goats to be cold, then they lost power because of a snow storm. ALL the babies died because they froze and most of the adult goats were sick also. That is why I only use the heat lamp or "coat" for a day or so.

__________________
Lori
Home of the 2003,04,05,07,08, 09 and 2011 Grand Champion Cashmere goat.Colorado State Fair.
Home of the 2011 and 2012 Grand Champion Best is show Estes Park Wool Market.

sweetgoats is offline  
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2010, 09:56 PM   #6
liz
Administrator
TGS_ADMIN.png
 
liz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Shelocta PA
Posts: 23,132
Liked 1985 Times on 1267 Posts
Likes Given: 5670

Send a message via Yahoo to liz
Default Re: HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

Very good point Lori.
They do need to be able to regulate their own temp, even with the use of a sweater. I will put a sweater on a kid only if they need it and then I take it off during the warmer part of the day and if I see them shivering towards night, I'll put it on again. Mine seem to thrive with this practice, at least I haven't lost any during the last 8 years of kiddings in February and single digits. I also feel that even baby goats are hardier than most people think they are...you would be amazed at how well a healthy kid adapts.

__________________
2014 breeding schedule available! http://www.dollysacre.com/breedingplans.htm
Quality Registered Nigerian Dwarfs & Natural Goats Milk Soaps
http://www.dollysacre.com
liz is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2010, 01:15 AM   #7
Plumbago
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 59
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Re: HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

THANK YOU EVERYONE... LITTLE COATS SEEM THE ANSWER ...
CHEERS CHRIS

__________________
Plumbago is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2010, 01:16 AM   #8
toth boer goats
TGS_MODERATOR.png
 
toth boer goats's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: corning california
Posts: 43,136
Liked 3900 Times on 2885 Posts
Likes Given: 7361

Default Re: HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

Your welcome....

__________________
http://www.tothboergoats.com/
~Pam~
Toth boer goats
Located in northern ca
selling Registered Fullbloods to commercial stock
http://tothboergoats.com/
toth boer goats is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2010, 02:21 AM   #9
nancy d
Moderator
TGS_MODERATOR.png
 
nancy d's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: near Seattle
Posts: 10,372
Liked 3720 Times on 2466 Posts
Likes Given: 3020

Default Re: HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

Kidding here in NW Wa during Feb is not as brutal as some places, but the #1 law is dry bedding & NO drafts.
We also put a box for kids to use if they want. I've never used heat lamps or even sweaters, tho a good option if needed!

__________________
nancy d is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-05-2011, 11:09 AM   #10
HoosierShadow
Senior Member
 
HoosierShadow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Kentucky
Posts: 10,114
Liked 1824 Times on 1104 Posts
Likes Given: 61

Default Re: HOW TO KEEP NEWBORNS WARM IN THE COLD MONTHS.

I am so happy I found this topic. Our kids were born at midnight and as I said in my posts, they are shivering. Of course like RPC said they went from very warm temps to about 20 degrees. I got them dry, put the heat lamp down closer to them because it was about 7ft up, now it's just high enough that mama doesn't mess with it. They both have homemade sweaters I made out of toddler fleece shirts. I figure even with the shivering, if they are warm underneath the fleece they should be fine? The buckling was warm though he was shivering, but the doeling was a little cooler than I like. I warmed her up in my jacket, then got her up to nurse and she was perky talkin to mama, but still shivering, poor babies!

Sun will be coming up soon, so I'm hoping to turn the heat lamp off <and get some sleep! I won't sleep with it on even though it's secure>.



__________________
HoosierShadow is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Conformation of newborns milkmaid Goat Frenzy 3 03-05-2012 08:32 PM
Sick newborns BoringGoat Health & Wellness 43 08-09-2011 12:28 AM
Warm vs Cold - CD/T StaceyRosado Goat Management 7 06-27-2011 11:03 AM
Lost 3 newborns, 2 different mothers??? ARayt Health & Wellness 18 01-28-2010 01:35 AM
Bottle feeding Newborns Jenna Mini Mania 1 04-13-2009 04:12 PM

Newest Threads