If adult goats are in a barn with the doors closed out of the wind, have good bedding, warm water and plenty of hay, how cold does it have to get before a heater is needed?

If the goats are otherwise healthy and have a good coat of hair on them, and there are a number of them in there to provide extra warmth to each other, they could possibly do okay into the teens, and possibly into higher single digits.  Feeding them a high protein food in the evening also helps them keep warm as their rumen functions all night to process the food.  I usually bring the goats into the barn close up the barn at 15 degrees.  They do need good ventilation though during the day time/warmer temps.  Hope that helps - Donna


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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres


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


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.

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Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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