for people who love the littlest dairy goats
Thank you! That is helpful.
I'm in Northern Minnesota, and it gets down to 20 below at least a few times per winter, and as far as 40 below (though that's slightly unusual). "Normal" temps for Jan./Feb. would be hovering around zero, give or take 15 degrees. That probably doesn't help very much, or else totally freaks you out - but that's Minnesota! Oh, and also the really cold weather can last for a looonnngg 5 months.
Thanks, Deborah. :) I didn't breed anyone yet. I'm waiting until December for May kids (at least that's my hope). We're working on the electricity. I very much hope to have it by the end of this month, or at the latest next. Please, Mr. Electrician, keep your word this time!
I guess I have another question...Will the goats just stay in all winter, or do I leave the door open during the day? Or, only on "warm" days?
Does anyone know of a perfect heated water bucket for the winter? I'm concerned about cords and burns?
when looking for heated water buckets most stores that sell equine supplies have the best. I do not use heated buckets but I do use the black rubber buckets that are somewhat flexible it is easier to knock out the ice. because I change water at least 2 times daily and find they enjoy fouling thier water heated doesn't fit in my barn. Remeber goats wont drink fouled water.
on Bedding I use sawdust from a local mill about 20 a truck load. and in the winter I will throw down straw on top of it to help retain heat. Usually the goats will pick through the hay and what they don't eat they will use as bedding. You have cement floors that not only hold the cold but can be pretty rough on the goats. udders will leak while they sleep and if it freezes to the goat it can cause some seriouse problems . A freind had a cow freeze to her floor one day lots of warm water got her off but now she always coats the floor in the winter with bedding. when it comes to nigerians I have found that those inexpensive totes in the dollar stores you can cut a hole in one end (with a hot knife) and turn upside down for the little ones helps with drafts and gives them a safe place to sleep.
I spoke to my husband and he said you can keep the runway free of bedding but definitly want to bed down the stalls for the winter. your barn is real tight so freezing water should not be a huge problem but hard plastic will crack and metal tubs can be real difficult to keep from freezing.
Have fun working on buttning up for the winter had a frost last night and the whole heard is in season so it is getting that time of year again lol
Dancing Dragon Goats
Does it help to have things for them to get on, off the floor, like pallets with wood on top so they can actually sleep on a raised area or spools inside the barn for this?