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Old 02/05/07, 07:55 PM
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How cold hardy are goats??

Ok I don't ahve goats but at the horse farm where I worked at they had a Nigerian dwarf doe who kidded in October. She was outside during the day and then in at night. But since the snow has fallen in December she and her 2 babies have been kept in a pen 6' by 10' all day long every day. with a heat lamp. They are fedhay and water, and on grain. These goats are babied so much I can't understand it. I know they are cute but they just don't understand some things. I casterated the buck kid at about 10 days. These goats also need to be wormed but I don't know what they can and can't be wormed with.

I will let them know that they need to be wormed, and offer my help at doing it. I have safeguard crumbles, and ivomec drench, and safeguard liquid. Any of these safe for goats?

Also am I beign to critical when I think these goats can go outside and spend time playing out in the snow and in the cold. I don't see much of a difference between these little fur balls and our sheep and lambs out in the cold.

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Old 02/05/07, 08:00 PM
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I don't ever use a heat lamp. There is no need, ever, in my opinion. there is also no need for the grain, it acutally inhibits the warmth generated by the rumen, and could be keeping them cooler. My goats have a large barn with bedding for housing, and have free access to thier pasture all year round.

worm with injectible ivermectin, 1cc per 33 lbs I believe. Give it ORALLY.

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Old 02/05/07, 08:03 PM
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Ok Thanks, the only issue is that I'm not going to go and get the wormer for their goats, if I have it I will use it but I'm not spending to much. Sorry its not that I'm greedy or selfish its just that I like helping but I just can't afford to go out and buy these things.

Would the drench work?

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Old 02/05/07, 08:05 PM
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I think the drench would work, but I don't know the dosage.

Maybe those owners should look into this forum? LOL give em a friendly nudge in our direction!

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Old 02/05/07, 08:08 PM
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I don't know if they needed the heat lamp or not since your temps in Ontario are a mystery to me, but surely at this age(born in October)they should be able to go in and out of the barn as they want. They would probably be happier too.

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Old 02/06/07, 12:15 AM
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The heat lamp won't hurt them. Goats are hardy, but they don't particularily like being out in the cold. What species is the ivomec drench intended for?

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We live in ND and I am thinking the tepms here are pretty much the same as in ontario. I have never used a heat lamp for the goats. I have however put fleece coats on goat kids and insulated coats on my does. That and good bedding is enough. My animals are healthy and grow well and can go in and out of the barn as they please. They need fresh air and they are very smart - if they are cold, they will go in.

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Old 02/06/07, 05:14 AM
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I'm in Ontario, and I don't put heat lamps on anybody! I have Nigerian Dwarfs as well as full-size goats - they're all in the barn, mostly because the horses are in the paddock that is suitable fenced for goats - and Teddy ain't fond of goats.

In this weather, I'm refilling buckets twice a day, and breaking the ice as necessary. All the goats have access to good grass hay at all times, the pregnant/milking goats get alfalfa free-choice as well. Everybody gets a small handful of grain and alfalfa pellets once a day. I know, they don't need it - but they expect it!

I've seen exactly two goats shivering in this cold - an 8 month old wether, and my elderly Nigerian doe. I tried putting a doggie coat on her (too cute!) but her doeling buddy pulled it off. Anyway, they're not shivering constantly, just a bit last night.

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I'm from SD. and its been really cold here the past few days and our goats are handleing the cold very well. We never use heat lamps thats to dangerous to many fires have have started by heat lamps.
We do give our goats extra feed during the really cold spells like were haveing now which helps. We aslo feed grain both oats and corn and side dress with a lamb finisher pellet. For those who don't grain there goats the only one your fooling is yourself lets get real here! Just hay alone isn't enough especially if you have does that will be kidding soon or have kidded.
We worm our goats with ivomec drench and valbizon. Only use valbizon on open does its not safe for bred does.
We also give our goats all the warm water they can drink during the winter when its cold out.

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Old 02/06/07, 06:45 AM
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Ssshhhhh...don't tell my goat herd that they are supposed to be having grain. They have gone all these years with good alfalfa hay, loose minerals and water. I don't want them to know about the grain/feed..they might all of a sudden go severely downhill on me. Right now..they plow snow and are carrying what looks to be trips and or quads in two cases..and these two month old babies might stop be such roadracers and jumping beans and go lay in the corner and give up on life.

So sshhhh..don't tell my goat herd about how badly they've been cared for...and that we have ALL been fooling ourselves...okay?

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