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Getting 2 Kids

Discussion in 'Breeds & Breeding - Goats' started by bethh, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. Mar 22, 2019
    bethh

    bethh Loving the herd life

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    9FBA80ED-A9A5-4555-A8BB-9516836E2073.jpeg It’s a decent size. There isn’t any electricity in it. If the temps are too cold, we can put them in a dog crate in the basement which has heat. They will be locked up at night. During the day, we have a very large enclosed chicken run that we aren’t currently using that I will probably put them in when we aren’t outside with them. It’s 8 feet deep by 8 feet tall by 16 feet wide, covered with chicken wire.
     
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  2. Mar 22, 2019
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  4. Mar 22, 2019
    bethh

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    @Goat Whisperer thanks for the picture. If its too cold in the pen when we get them, we'll keep them in the basement. Currently 3 ducklings and a young cockerel are living down there.
     
  5. Mar 27, 2019
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    We got two dwarf Nigerian doelings in January...my husband has fallen in love with them...lol. We’ve had a bit more winter than usual this year so they’ve been in our cinderblock shed (12x16’) with about 8 bales of straw. It worked like a charm. My husband took out the old doors (big heavy rusty metal things) and built an awesome double Dutch door. Last weekend, he installed 5’ high no-climb horse fence for a good sized paddock...and hauled in a big old log for them to jump on. Yeah, he spoils them a bit. About that goat Math...we are getting 6 more goats in the next two months...lol
     
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  6. Mar 27, 2019
    bethh

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    I tried taking a picture of what we plan to use for temporary housing for the goats. It’s hard to get a picture of it.
     

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    Southern by choice

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    Your biggest concern will be ventilation. There is no ventilation here unless there is a window or something on the side.
    You could remove the doors and make new ones using hardware cloth (1/2 heavy duty chicken wire) or 2x4 fencing to close them in at night.
     
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    OneFineAcre

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    Congratulations on the new goats.

    Double Durango Farm has nice goats.

    In my opinion, you should not need to use a heat lamp.
    I've never used a heat lamp after any kid was over a few days old no matter how cold it is.
     
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    We use lamps with most our kids at night (newborns)

    Dam raised kids are completely different than bottle raised kids. Bottle raised kids don’t have a dam to nurse through the night. The dam will also snuggle with her kids and we’ve even had dams make “nests”for the kids to cuddle in. Bottle raised kids don’t get that. @bethh what arevthe night time temps down there? At this time of year lamps may not be needed, but it is up to each herd owner to do what they feel is best for their animals. You certainly don’t want them to be too warm if you use lamps, just enough to take the edge off.
     
  10. Mar 27, 2019
    bethh

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    Its been colder than I'd expect upper 30's low 40's at night. Its supposed to warm up this weekend. We'll probably keep them in the basement for a little while until it warms up more. What do you think is acceptable nighttime temps?