When is cold too cold for goats?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by cdtrum, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    We are having the worst weekend ever since moving here 5yrs ago.....it is -1 degree with a wind chill of -28! The wind is gusting at 30mph......I HATE WIND! I am wondering if I need to do more for my goats.....their barn temp is reading 10 degrees......they have a heat lamp aimed in one corner of thier pen and then they have a big wood box/dog house with a recessed light in there.....don't know the temp inside the box. Lots of straw down.
    Is that good enough? I tried taking a small electric space heater from the house out there and put it on the outside of the pen aimed in, but all it did was blow cold air.....I guess it is too cold for the heating coil in it to work. My HD thought about going to town and buying a milk house heater, but they are advising people to stay off roads because of the blowing snow......the goats seem ok....I have been out there 2x's taking them warm water and making sure they have plenty to eat and they seemed ok.....just a little cabin fever from having to be inside! Elwood was bouncing off the walls.....he has started this new thing of running and jumping onto the wall......new trick I guess!
     
  2. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    I think your goaties sound just fine. :) But, my is it cold where you are!! :shocked: :snowcool:

    I need to go and check on my own goaties - put some more hay out. . . .

    It is so cute when goaties find new ways to entertain themselves. All my girls are pregnant and lazing about. :roll: Our new babies though are quite the frisky little things! I was thinking of making some little sweaters for them out of old fuzzy socks we can't find the matches to. :)

    I think your goaties will be just fine. As long as they are eating lots of hay, ruminating is what keeps them warm.
     

  3. Sybil

    Sybil New Member

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    Dec 21, 2007
    Rainier, Oregon
    As long as they are dry and protected from the wind they should be fine. We have a foot or more of snow and the wind has been coming from the east. Had to move the buck out with the herd as his shelter did not protect him from the east wind. Been packing water for at least a week here to all the animals. Gone to feeding twice a day and everyone is getting grain at this time. Weather people say it could last another week to 10 days!!!!!
     
  4. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    Hey, we are pretty close Sue! :) Yeah, I'm hating this snow. . . . I don't remember it ever being this bad, so am not used to it. :sigh:

    Went out to feed this morning - brought the buckets in to put warm water and on my way out, slipped and dumped one bucket! :doh: I was soooo irritated. :angry:
     
  5. karmouth

    karmouth New Member

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    Dec 1, 2008
    ocala, FL
    All I can say to you that are dealing with this cold is that you have lots, & lots of HEART!!!! There is no way I could deal with it . . I cant stand it when its in the 40's in the am. Today it was 80 and sunny with a breeze . They are calling for low 40's in the am and highs of only 60 tomorrow and I am dreading it .
    Karen
     
  6. deenak

    deenak Member

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    Oct 10, 2007
    Ames Iowa
    We have been having blizzard conditions for the last few days and my goats are going crazy in the barn. They want out but when they come out they want to go right back in. I have locked them in due to -30 wind chill temps. I added another bale of straw and made sure they had plenty of hay and water. They seem to doing ok I hope it warms up soon
     
  7. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    cdtrum--We're having pretty much the same weather you've got! It's about -1F right now...who knows what the wind chill is, but we are also having 35-40mph gusts. Your goaties will be fine. They will probably stay inside more...my girls WOULD NOT come outside this morning for anything! I think the wind was just too much for them. As long as they've got a place to get out of the wind and weather, I wouldn't worry much about the cold.

    I've been outside all day (literally from 9am until 3pm) for the past two days skiing...we had training for instructors yesterday and today. When we left Kalamazoo tonight, they had blizzard conditions. I figure if I can survive being out in this all day, the goats will probably be fine in the barn!
     
  8. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    FunnyRiverFarm.......where is Hudson? we are in North Manchester about 45min south of Shipshewana and 25min west of Fort Wayne........what kind of skiing do you do? I love Michigan.....we come up there every year to Stanton to race....my husband is a drag racer. Also, thanks for the advice....this is my first winter with the goats and I am learning as I go.....I never thought about it getting this cold.....dumb me! This is the coldest it has been since I moved here from Dallas where winter is not anything like the North! Of course the summers down there are as bad as the winter are up here....I think I would rather deal with our winters though, then go back to their summmers.
     
  9. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    Hudson is around 25 miles south of Jackson, MI on 127. I have some relatives in the Fort Wayne/Auburn area, so I knd of have an idea where you are.

    We do downhill skiing...cross country is too much work...lol.

    It would be tough moving here from Texas...but don't worry, it doesn't get this cold very often.

    Goats don't generally have much trouble in weather like this as long as they are acclimated. You wouldn't want to bring a goat up from down south this time of year and stick it the barn...but since our goats are relatively used to the cold, they'll be okay. The only thing I do is give them warm, fresh water a couple times a day. They seem to like the warm water, plus it takes it longer to freeze back up again. I also make sure they have plenty of hay to munch on and a dry place to lay down.

    I like to use rubber buckets this time of year because they are so much easier to break ice out of and you don't have to worry about them cracking.
     
  10. MissMM

    MissMM New Member

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    Oct 22, 2007
    McGregor, MN
    Can I trade your guys' weather for ours? We've had 10+ inches of snow in the last few days and every day for over a week has been in the below zero for air temp and double-digit below zero wind chills. For example, -14 air temp and -32 below wind chill this a.m. Yuck.

    My goaties are very bored, but doing OK otherwise. I haven't been opening their pen to the outside paddock, cause then the water freezes - even though it's heated water buckets!

    I make sure they have a constant supply of hay & grain them twice a day during these cold temps. They seem to be doing OK other than bored out of their minds! They so want the attention their used to, but with these temps, it's all I can do to take care of the basic chores before I'm frozen to the bone!
     
  11. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    Yeah, I definitely bundle up before I go outside! Pretty much the only skin exposed is my eyes...lol...when I'm skiing I wear goggles, so even those are cover. The first time I went outside like that, my goaties didn't recognize me at first. They wouldn't come anywhere near me...I guess they thought I was the goat burglar or something... :ROFL:
     
  12. MissMM

    MissMM New Member

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    Oct 22, 2007
    McGregor, MN
    Same here..... the first time I went into the barn all bundled up, my LGD didn't recognize me! After I called her name, she stopped growling but was looking around like she was waiting for me to come out from behind this Carhart-clad creature! :ROFL:

    I had to take my scarf & hat off before she'd calm down!
     
  13. Di

    Di Crazy Goat Lady

    Jan 29, 2008
    central PA
    Everyone in a cold climate NEEDS to have at least one pair of Alpaca socks (the heavy duty kind)! I got my first pair a year ago and am still wearing them (you know what I mean :wink: ). I wear them in the rubber boots I got from Tractor Supply. My feet are never cold. You would think warm feet in rubber boots would mean "sweaty feet", (yes Bob women do get sweaty feet) but no, warm and dry! They are a necessity.

    That said...BRRRRRR! I spent the major part of the day trying to keep the animals water warm enough to prevent freezing. Next year I'm getting heated buckets! I think I carried 8- 5 gallon buckets out throughout the day! No wonder farm woman are so tough! It was around 16-20 degrees with the wind chill bringing it to -2 :GAAH:
     
  14. goatnutty

    goatnutty Active Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    South East,IN
    We are having similar weather and it is horrible! Especially in kidding season.
     
  15. MissMM

    MissMM New Member

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    Oct 22, 2007
    McGregor, MN
    Before it's too late......... cut out a picture of a heated water bucket & tape it on the frig, along with a note that says "this is what I want for Christmas."

    Couldn't hurt, right?
     
  16. goatnutty

    goatnutty Active Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    South East,IN
    It wouldn't hurt a thing...it might baffle him a little bit.
     
  17. goat fever

    goat fever Guest

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    Oct 17, 2007
    I just bought a pair of Alpaca socks this weekend and boy they do keep your feet warm. Can you wash them in the washing machine or do you have to hand wash them. I am guessing putting them in the dryer is a big no no.

    As for the goats. They do better in cold temps then heat. Just make sure they have a dry place, offer them water a couple times of day and make sure they have lots of hay. We are having temps that are in the low teens at night but with the wind chill it must be around zero. My goats don't seem to mind. They have quite a furry coat for this winter to help keep them warm.
     
  18. Amos

    Amos New Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Minnesota
    Haha, yesterday I went out wearing my ski mask, and went to do chores, Jenna kept balling over and over and I could not figure out what her problem was, so I went in there with her and she kept looking at me like 'Who are you?!' and i was like 'Jenna.. its me!' and then she looks at me like 'You're lieing!', so I had to take my mask off so she would calm down; silly goat!

    The heated buckets alway get a layer of frozen ice over the tops over here too.. but you're up north more, even colder!
     
  19. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Hehehe Our LGD doesnt recognize me either till I talk to him. Its a record cold up here near Seattle.
    The goats have a 3 sided shelter away from the wind and a car canopy butted up to it with the hay rack. All they do is poop eat poop sleep and poop some more.
    I bring out buckets of hot water to dump in the rubber tub but some of them wont come to drink they eat snow. A lazy usless lot they are!

    Its rarely too cold for goats if they are dry & out of the wind with plenty hay. Not counting newborns.
     
  20. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    My guys are being such little brats....they are so bored, so today we went to town and stopped buy the TSC and I bought a small Jolly ball for my boys to see if it would entertain them a bit.....we hung it up and they are not too sure of it. All Elwood wanted to do is pull the labels off the new mineral dishes I bought them and then he was running around the pen with the label stuck to his nose....goofy goat! I found this morning when I went out that last night they had pulled the curtain off the front of their doghouse.
    Mine also did not know who I was when I first went out with a mask on, they ran and hid from me...... they have gotten use to the mask now and are fine.
    Hopefully this bad weather spell will pass soon, stay warm all!