Cold-Weather Goat Kidding

| 3/10/2014 11:36:00 AM

Tags: goats, winter, baby animals, Maine, Janice Spaulding,

Baby it's cold out there! Even though it's March and temperatures should be on the rise, the kidding season will need extra precautions this year; because practically the whole country is facing this same dilemma. I thought I would touch on a few points on how to deal with this never ending frigid condition.Zeke under a heat lamp

Creating a little “warm house” for the kids will be well worth your effort. If you can get your hands on a couple of those blue plastic 55 gallon barrels, you can make a really warm, cuddle spot for your babies. Make sure the barrel is open on both ends, that way it can be placed on the hay so when the kids poop and pee, it will fall into the hay and not on the bottom of the barrel for them to be lying in!

Next, cut a little door in the side near the bottom, making sure that it's large enough for baby, but too small for momma to get in it! Of course, momma will love to stick her head in to get a little warmth herself.

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