Someone said something to me today that I was surprised at. She said that having kids born in winter was better for them and made them hardier! And not to ever use heat lamps! It would weaken the kids. I live in northern VT, and it gets REEEEEEEEALLY cold hereabouts! I had some hypothermic kids in my bathtub for a spell last winter... had heat lamps and a tarp over a stall with 10 babies in it and it wasn't enough, I had to use an electric heater in cage too! I sure wasn't going to let them tough it out at 30 below zero! So this year I am breeding for babies to be born in April, May and June. I do have one doe due mid-March but that's because I never saw her in heat before and wanted to strike while the iron was hot. (It worked, she's as big as a barrel ALREADY!) What's up with this idea? She got it from a very well-known (and somewhat opinionated!) breeder of champion Nigies that a lot of herd is from or is derived from that is in Maine. This breeder also says don't provide too much weather protection for your animals or you'll breed the hardiness out of them. She has a sort of "survival of the fittest" mentality. Opinions? Ideas? I'm open, but scratching my head!