Moses the Cheerful has survived several feet of snow and an extreme cold snap. A friend who raises Nigerian Dwarf goats told me, “If you’re gonna lose an old goat, it will be during the winter when it gets so cold. They can get hypothermia quickly and not be able to maintain themselves—their system just tips over.”
Recipe for success:
Ziggy, the donkey was in the stall next to Moses. Ziggy’s body must have given off some warmth.
Shavings and straw layered several feet high were piled in the corner where Moses slept. Goats will pee when they sleep. And urine, plus straw, plus shavings creates heat.
Each morning I added a new layer of straw and shavings over the old layer.
A small bucket of very warm water in the morning, and just before bedtime–Moses would come running for this and suck up several cups.
Plenty of hay.
Stall doors shut at night.
Water in the buckets inside the stall never froze, even though outside temperatures were in the teens or single digits.
Moses the Cheerful was still in his bed each morning at 8 a.m. when I opened the stall door to feed and clean. He survived.