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goats with coats!
January 29, 2013, 1:52 pm
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Ok so it’s been pretty cold by our standards around here. It got down to 3 degrees, and has been hovering around 10 for a week now. No fun for the animals! And if you’re a skinny goat, well it’s just too much. Our poor little Dongo–Roppongi–has been seen shivering and shivering. Poor thing, she needed a coat. We ran out to the store and voila–a stylish goat coat was purchased.

Blue is not really her colour!

Blue is not really her colour!

Sydney–always eating and with her nice thick coat, was, of course, not chilled at all.

yo Ro, what's that you're wearing??!

yo Ro, what’s that you’re wearing??!

Oh, ok. If I can still do my "supergoat" pose, this coat'll work!

Oh, ok. If I can still do my “supergoat” pose, this coat’ll work!

Silly thing. I did feel so bad for them in this cold snap. Plus to add insult to injury, they got a new load of hay in, and it’s not the nice green 2nd cut they had been snarfing, and wasting like crazy, no, this round is a pretty crappy first cut. You know it’s bad when the hay man says–don’t worry if they don’t eat for a few days–they’ll eat it eventually!

Well yes actually hay man, I do worry! And little Dongo doesn’t have a lot of excess fat on her. So along with the coat we picked up some goat balancer supplement, alfafa cubes. And they’ve been getting a winter daily ration of: one carrot, handful black sunflower seeds, and handful balancer pellets. It seems to be working. They look better and Roppongi stopped shivering. She can handle about 15-20 degrees, but when it got below 10–well poor thing!

Today it’s abnormally warm out–about 60! Goats are out enjoying a walk about. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that it’s going back into the 20s later this week. ACK yep I’m officially ready for the END of winter!!



A new goat shed for a new year
January 12, 2013, 10:25 am
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Been a little bit busy I guess. Can’t believe no posts in SO long!!

painting in red clogs!

painting in red clogs

We spent a lot of the fall painting the house.

dealing with pumpkins

dealing with pumpkins

And also just trying to deal with all the pumpkins!

We also found time to take on a big new construction project!! A goat shed!!

cedar goat shed

cedar goat shed

We used leftover roofing but bought the cedar new. A bit posh for those goats–total cost about 500.00. It did turn out quite pretty I think. Alas, this picture highlights our pallet gate system–tied shut with binder twine no less. Guess that needs to get on the to do list.

Should weather to look nice with the barn

Should weather to look nice with the barn

at 6 x 8 it's really not horse sized.

at 6 x 8 it’s really not horse sized.

We used what we learned from building the chicken coop, and are pretty pleased with how it turned out.