Cold Temps and Goats wont go in!

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by 3pygmymom, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. 3pygmymom

    3pygmymom New Member

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    Nov 16, 2009
    Lancaster, PA
    With all of this cold weather and wind chills my goaties are standing outside when I go out at 6:30 to feed them! They go right back out after eating and with the wind it feels so cold. Should I block them in the barn out of the wind??? There is an opening cut for them to go in and out but I could easily block that with a board. The barn feels 10-15 degrees warmer than outside! I do not have heat lamps for them, I read somewhere that they need to adjust to the cold weather and that they have thick coats for the cold. Is this right or should I be putting a heat lamp out for them? This is my first "goat mom" winter and I just want to make sure they are cared for properly in the cold! :thankU: :snowbounce:
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    goats adjust better to the cold then we do.

    we just had a 20 degree drop in temperatures overnight and goats are all puffy and standing outside.

    If it is sleeting and raining and windy then I would block them in, but just for some wind and cold they will be fine
     

  3. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    OH I know what you are talking about. It is so hard to look at them standing outside, but remember they are animals and they are use to it and do a lot better then we do like Stacey said.

    Now I lock my goats up only because I have so many queens that they will not let everyone in the barn, so I have stalls for them to separate them. But when it was -10 the other morning, they wanted out so bad. I did let them out because the wind finally stopped.

    I would NOT put a heat lamp on them, they need to be able to get use tot he weather and regulate their body temp. I would sure hate to see them gut use to it and then you all lose power and then they do not have the heat lamp anymore.

    I have my does all kid in Jan and Feb. It is the coldest time for us but they are the healthiest also. (for me, I have never had a sick goat). But now I do have a heat lamp on the babies if it is REALLY cold but only for the first day or so after they are born, and a little longer if they are really small.
     
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I do what Lori does.....when I feel that the weather is putting to much on them I force them to go in and close the barn door.......especially with the low freezing temps....winds..rain ect.... when it rains though.. I don't get an argument from them......LOL :wink: ... I also have dominate does that block out the lower rank does....they stand in the door way and dare them to come in.....I stall the bullies..... :wink:
     
  5. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Yep, my queens lay at the door and just dare the other to come by.
     
  6. 3pygmymom

    3pygmymom New Member

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    Nov 16, 2009
    Lancaster, PA
    When I went in this morning, I saw that one had made a nest right near the door! I thought for sure I would find a shivering goat and made it out there quickly only to see them munching on the hay looking at me like it's about time you give us our breakfast lol. I would only put a heat lamp over top of their water to keep it from freezing. Our sheep all lamb in February and we have lost only a few but that was because they were either a weak twin or they had a problem being underdeveloped. Some of the sheep throw me off and go early and lamb in the middle of the field :hair: then i have to jump in and run out with blankets and get mom to follow me to the barn *sigh* crazy animals!