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Goats In The Snow

Updated on August 7, 2014

Do Goats Like Snow

This year has been the biggest snowfall we have had here in Tennessee since I started raising goats. I didn't know how they would react, especially since the temperatures have been so cold. Normally we will have a few days in the teens and 20's, but then is goes back up to 30's, 40's, or even 50's. I think I was a little overprotective in this rough weather, but better safe than sorry!

Snow Day

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My Goats Playing in the Snow

I think the extremely cold weather bothered my goats much more than the snow did. It was slightly warmer on the day we had the 4" of snow. When I went out to feed them, they were jumping and running around in the snow. They did not seem bothered by it at all. Of course they have a barn and several dog igloos to stay warm in. They did not come out when the blizzard was happening. I had to deliver the hay and several buckets of water to the barn because they said they were not coming out in that mess. But once it stopped snowing, the fun began

Smiling in the Snow

Preparing for the Cold Weather

It has been unusually cold this year so I had to do a few extra things to keep my goats warm and healthy. Our Co-op has 2 types of pine shavings (coarse and fine) and I found that using both, putting the fine down first, then the coarse has helped keep them warm and also keeps the barn dry and smelling good. Of course I have to rake it out every few days, but it is much cheaper than hay or straw. I don't have a traditional barn, it is a carport with sides but it works really well.

My Checklist For The Winter Months

Buckets
Pine Shavings
Vitamin B Supplement
Hay
Rake
Liquid Nutrition
Grain
Red Cell
Alfalfa Cubes
 
 
 

Checklist Items

BUCKETS: These are a must when the hose is frozen. I bring buckets of water from the house to fill up their water bowls. Also on the days it was single digits I brought buckets of warm water up to the barn.

HAY: This is an obvious one. There is not too much for them to browse on in the fields so hay is a necessity.

GRAIN: I feed grain year-round but in the winter they get grain every day. I mix sweet feed with the medicated goat grain.

PINE SHAVINGS: This is the first year I am using this in their barn because of the extreme cold.

RAKE: I prefer the metal rake for cleaning the barn. I have broken 2 plastic ones.

RED CELL: This is a medication I use if someone gets weak or run down. The extreme cold can be stressful.

VITAMIN B SUPPLEMENT: Also for a goat that gets run down.

LIQUID NUTRITION: Some younger or older goats may have a hard time in the winter so I keep this handy for a quick pick me up.

ALFALFA CUBES: These have a lot of nutrition in them so I supplement their grain with this.

An Ounce Of Prevention

I have learned over the years, no matter what the situation with your goats, there is no such thing as over prepared. Try to be ready for any situation. Bitter winters like this is also why I never have winter babies.

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      Patti Downey 3 years ago from Loudon

      Thank you so much. I love my goats and even when it's cold I want to be outside spoiling them

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      Jessica Marello 3 years ago from United States

      Your goats are adorable! It's great that the snow didn't bother them, though it's been a cold winter. Your pictures are great and you can tell they were having fun. Voted up and shared!