Goats/Cold Weather

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Question
it is supposed to be -10 F (actual) tonight at my house.
I have 2 pygmy goats, 5 and 11 years old.
3 Nigerian dwarfs 1.5 years old.
pygmy female in one stall by herself and 4 males in another stall.
they are in a barn. all outside doors are closed.
I have a heat lamp that is 750 watts.
is -10 temp going to be a problem?

Answer
It certainly sounds like a cozy place and one that will keep them out of wind chill.  With the info you have given me it sounds like they should be able to tolerate the cold.  If possible feed them hay/alfalfa this evening as when the rumen is working it helps warm them up.  Also, giving them an extra amount of bedding to snuggle down into and keep them off the ground should also help. Hope that helps - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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