This week we had some terribly low temperatures, with high winds. A most unpleasant combination. Luna was wearing her goat coat, but was still cold and shivery.
Rachel and I have been taking sewing classes, and I decided to make a warmer coat. So off we went, and I bought two nice pieces of soft fleece fabric. I also bought a roll of quilt batting. When we got home I went to work.
The other goats seem to do fine despite the weather. They grow thick coats of their own, and rarely shiver. I keep plenty of hay out for them, because one way livestock like goats stay warm is through the process of digesting their food. If they have a rack full of hay to nibble on through the long, cold, Maine nights, it helps them prevent getting chilled. I also have a big heated tub so their water stays wet, no matter how low the thermometer dips.