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    Goat shivering

    One of my goats, Leah, was shivering this morning when I went out to feed (the other goat, Ava, was shivering a little when she out from their shelter to eat but not once she went back in) . I felt awful for Leah. The goats have shelter out of the wind and rain and it is deeply bedded, and they have hay in front of them 24/7 but the poor baby was still cold. I was racking my brain as to what I could do to keep her warm so I made a makeshift blanket for her. I took one of my Draper Therapy wraps and then used some vetwrap to keep the leg wrap on. She seemed quite appreciative of it; she had stopped shivering by the time I was done taking care of the horse. Yes, I know, a picture is really in order and I will take one when I go back out later this morning.

    Anybody else notice their goats get cold? I am seriously considering getting them both a blanket and wondering if I should plan on putting heat lamp above their stall in the barn.

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    alot of live stock get cold...just people dont notice..but we are quick to rug horses lol
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    you know I always wondered about that.... Ive ben looking at pot belly pigs but im afraid If I have one here they would freeze outside in the winter and I KNOW I wouldn't be able to bring it inside haha hubby would shoot that idea down so fast
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    I think you can blanket them. I have a friend who has sheep and she blankets them - so why not a goat? I know you made a makeshift blanket, but can you purchase blankets made and designed for your little goat?
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    The large dog "blankets" should work.
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    I don't ever recall our goats shivering, but the same as horses shivering is part of the warming up process as long as they are healthy they should be ok. Our herd was kept outside all year long with access to run in cover all, it gets very very cold here. We did blanket the goats that were clipped or older, our big show was the Royal Winter Fair in November so they got clipped for that. My mom made our blankets out of house blankets with elastic straps for the legs just like horse blankets. Sometimes we would layer them or we have used foal blankets before.

    You could try warm water with apple pieces floating in the water or molasses they should drink it up. Beet pulp with warm water will heat them up too, sometimes if I'm worried about my horses being cold I will feed them extra feeding of warm beet pulp at late night check and warm apple water.
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    The makeshift blanket worked. And I have found quite a few places that sell goat blankets. Horseware Ireland actually makes goat blankets too. I don't even dare to sew them a blanket. I will repair the horse blankets, but it has been too long since I undertook a major sewing project.
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    We always provided a heat lamp for our show goats. We also made coats out of sweatshirts. They were usually clipped during winter months, so they needed help keeping warm!
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    I raised dairy goats in high school....in Wisconsin....

    go to to a thrift store, buy a couple men's medium coats, roll up or cut the sleeves to length. Coat goes on goat with front legs through the sleeves, zipped up the belly. Voila!

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    ^^ Or even easier, a vest or two would work even better
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