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Goats in Coats and Just Plain Outdoor Fun


Hej from Sweden!  Autumn is here and while the leaves turn their beautiful golden colors, before falling to the ground, the weather goes through drastic changes in temperature. Our evenings dip down to +5C but the nights and early mornings bring temperatures of between +0C and -3C.  That will leave us with frosty lawns and roof tops. Sometimes the weather seems so cold that I would not be surprised to wake and see that snow had fallen during the night. It hasn’t yet; thankfully for my poor husband who has had just about enough of Swedish winters.

One fun thing for me as a goat owner is buying winter jackets for my goats who need a bit of extra warmth. My husband thinks I am crazy. Maybe I am but I am too old to change now, so off we went to buy our new coats for the winter. While mothers all over Sweden are preparing the closets of their little ones, so am I ! Ok admittedly, they are little doggy coats, but they tick all the boxes. They are flannel lined so they are warm, they leave access for all necessities, they cover the tummies and most of all, they are cute!

These days are not as cold as the days to come , but I just thought it was time to get the babies used to their coats now.

My goats in coats!

My goats in coats!

The older goats, all except Pumpkin really won’t need coats during the winter months. They all grow an extra coat of cashmere to keep them warm. Poor Pumpkin just chooses the wrong time of year to shed, so she needs a coat.

Speaking of Pumpkin, there she is chasing someone who maybe got too close to Rose. But where is Rose????

Speaking of Pumpkin, there she is in her winter coat, chasing Nanna who she thinks may be too close to Rose. Looks like Pansy ran right out of her coat and Rose finds it quite interesting!

Hilda following her adopted daughter Alika as Little Man follows his mommy.

Hilda following her adopted daughter Alika as Little Man follows his mommy.

We are so happy to see that the special bond between Hilda and ALika has not been broken. When we purchased Hilda as an adult, we also got little Alika at 2 mos. Hilda has been her "mommy" ever since. We hoped they would continue to be close even after the babies came and thankfully, they are.

We are so happy to see that the special bond between Hilda and Alika has not been broken. When we purchased Hilda as an adult, we also got little Alika at 2 mos. Hilda has been her "mommy" ever since. We hoped they would continue to be close even after the babies came and thankfully, they are.

Alika and Hilda having a play moment together

Alika and Hilda having a play moment together. They really seem to love each other.

Pumpkin and Rose

Pumpkin and Rose

Nanna running at full speed! Nanna is a Pygmy goat and has a beautiful dense coat, so she is warm.

Nanna running at full speed! Nanna is a Pygmy goat and has a beautiful dense coat, so she is warm.

Poppy in her new winter coat

Poppy in her new winter coat

There's Rose and look, Mamma Pumpkin is never far away!

There's Rose and look, Mamma Pumpkin is never far away! Rose has the inherited white tuft of fur on her bottom lip that was passed on to her and Little Miracle by the father Emil. They were the only two babies to have that white tuft on the lip.

Peanut inspecting the table.

Peanut inspecting the table. What a face and those cute little legs!

Sorry this is a heads down photo. They all seemed more interested in the fresh hay than a photo-op! Frida has a wonderful long and luxurious warn coat of fur , so no coat needed for her. Poppy is in her new winter coat, but looks like Pansy just ran out of hers. Like all mothers of large families, I am both economical and depend on hand-me-downs. Pansy now has a smaller winter coat that used to be Max's.

Sorry this is a heads down photo. They all seemed more interested in the fresh hay than a photo-op! Frida has a wonderful long and luxurious warn coat of fur , so no coat needed for her. Poppy is in her new winter coat, but looks like Pansy just ran out of hers. Like all mothers of large families, I am both economical and depend on hand-me-downs. Pansy now has a smaller winter coat that used to be Max's.

A little cutie on the bench.

Rose about to take a leap off the bench. Thankfully, she didn't leap out of her new winter coat!!!

Please don’t worry about the boys. As far as coats go, Balder and Baby Boy have quite thick and warm fur coats, naturally.  The only one I may worry about is Flynn. Flynn never really seemed to grow no matter how much he ate and was tested for worms , which came back negative. He was just destined to be a tiny goat. He has a winter coat he will wear as the temperatures drop.

Here is a recent photo of our three boys; Flynn on the left, Balder in the middle and Baby Boy on the right.

Here is a recent photo of our three boys; Flynn (1 1/2 yrs. old) on the left, Balder(9 mos old)in the middle and Baby Boy(7 mos old) on the right.

Even though these are West African goats, they have been bred and reared in Sweden many years, thus becoming adapted to the cold climate here. My goats will come out during the winter, on good days. Good days mean no snow fall days, no windy days and no days when the snow is so deep that they can not walk in it. For those days,  I  organize, “indoor activities”. Our stable becomes full of running, happy goats and lots of fun!

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    • Hej from Sweden,
      Sorry to be responding so late; your comment went to spam. Thank you for your comments. This page layout was a choice from WordPress, but I had the opportunity to lay it out as I wanted it to be.
      You are welcome back to find out new developments at Gullringstorp!

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    • Hej from Sweden!
      Thanks for coming to my blog. You are most welcome back!

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    November 10, 2011 at 11:15

    • Hej from Sweden!
      I’m glad you enjoyed my Goats in Coats and Just Plain Outdoor Fun! This was their first time to try their coats. I just wanted them to get used to them and not be afraid of them as they will need them very soon as we head into winter. Do you have goats? Are you wanting to have goats? You are most welcome back!

      November 10, 2011 at 21:48

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