Warmth for Goats: Coats and Heaters

I posted before about my failed tie-on goat coats, but never posted a picture. As you can see, the coat ties in the front of the chest and behind the front legs, under the belly. I was afraid to knot them on in case they somehow managed to un-knot the belly knot but not the chest knot. I didn’t want baby goats tripping all over the place. Goats undoing knots sounds crazy to you? Well, goats are crazy and way too smart for their own good. With the coats out of the picture (since they lasted under an hour, thanks to Bonney), we needed to come up with a way to keep our goats warm. Danny suggested a heat lamp, but I was timid. I’ve read too much about burned goats because of heat lamps. But he insisted it would work, so he hooked one up.The lamp worked great! Danny attached it to the feeder side of my milk stand. Tuesday night, Tank miraculously escaped his crate and desperately “needed” to go out. Danny let him out, and started thinking about the heat lamp. And it’s precarious perch. And the hay on the floor. And realized that we had a fire waiting to happen. So out he trudged to the milk house to secure the lamp in place with wire. (See the wire through the loop on the top of the heat lamp? If the lamp falls, which it DID, the wire catches it and it hangs instead of falling to the floor.) Did I mention he did this at three in the morning? Sweet husband. 🙂

Now we have a very warm place for Bonney and still-unnamed baby to sleep at night. We actually have been penning them in the milk house just in case. I really hate that we didn’t pen everyone up before our doeling died, but you live and learn. A sad mistake. Anyway, Bella is really enjoying playing with the remaining doeling. I just hope she doesn’t start thinking she needs to live with her. The milk house is awfully toasty now.

Although she is fine with us handling the doeling, Bonney keeps a close eye on her baby.

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This is NOT how I want to start my kidding season…

We lost our brown and white spotted doeling last night. It was very cold, and the kids weren’t very good at staying close to Bonney. I’m heartbroken, of course, but it does happen. At first I was afraid Bonney wasn’t caring for the kids, but she’s seemed fine with the remaining one. Time will tell. I will be keeping a very close on Bonney and her baby; we don’t want to lose any more!

Speaking of the cold… I made simple “coats” for the babies last night, but Bonney pulled them off. So I’m thinking of learning to crochet. There’s an adorable crocheted coat that Bonney wouldn’t be able to take off of her babies. Until I learn, I am going to make a coat for the doeling with buttons. I highly doubt Bonney can manage a button!I’ll post pictures of the coat as soon as it is done. One way or another, I’m going to keep that baby warm tonight!

Bonney’s New Babies

When we did our daily Bonney check-up on Friday, we knew babies would be appearing soon. Poor Bonney looked like she swallowed a barrel. Bonney was checked almost hourly throughout Saturday. We even went so far as to put a baby monitor up last night- just in case.

The monitor is hanging on the door jamb near the top of the picture.

This afternoon, on an after-lunch check, we arrived just in time to see little hooves emerging. Bonney gave birth to a beautiful Nigerian dwarf-eared brown and white baby with brown spots. Shortly after, she delivered a dark brown Continue reading Bonney’s New Babies