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.
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.
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.
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!