Post by amberkicksbutt on Feb 2, 2018 16:24:46 GMT -5
I have two Nubian x Nigerian goats, and I have had a hard time finding jackets that would fit *around* one of my goats. For those of you that are still looking\interested, I found a good horse-quality turnout blanket without the horse turnout blanket cost that fits pretty nicely. The previously mentioned wide goat measures to 45 inches (at her biggest, and no, she was not pregnant.) so I ordered her an XXL jacket- she seems like she's swimming in it up front and she has gotten her left through the large neck hole a few times - (I haven't had time, but,) I will be punching holes in the straps up front to tighten it up and if that is not enough we will add velcro to make it fit better. The other goat is more petite (and just had unexpected twins) and is on the thinner side at the moment. I have not had her whilst not pregnant so I may need to order another next year if she gets as wide as my other girl. The XL fits her nicely.
Derby originals does make a heavier blanket as well for those of you who need something for colder climates. According to a horse blanket website the blanket mentioned above is for 30-40 F temperatures.
Those look like they might work pretty well as long as they don't sweat the hide. That of course would make the goat get damp and colder like common blankets do. Worth a try for sure. They say waterproof and breathable. My goats run inside from one raindrop but I do have a runt I keep here that I could try one on during this winter. I love the belly band on it and the fact I don't see leg straps. I will cut them off if it has them when it arrives. Thanks for posting that up.
Another place that has goat coats is on line at Jeffers and they also sell a calf coat that can be modified.
The very, very best material for a home made goat coat is the cheap four dollar moving blankets from places like Harbor Freight or home improvement stores. They are filled with a material that will not sweat the hide and the animal will be warm and dry underneath the blanket. Not waterproof though so just for indoors. Or if an animal is down as long as it is bedded on straw and blanketed with these moving blankets the animal will stay dry even under three of them. I see people try to sew goat coats all the time but they use the wrong material and that can cause pneumonia. So with blankets it is best to check for dampness underneath. Also of course to not have any hardware they could get hurt on or straps to be strangled in. I agree with using Velcro rather than the large stable pins or buckles when making modifications.
Post by amberkicksbutt on Feb 3, 2018 20:17:08 GMT -5
This blanket does not have leg straps (at least not the ones I ordered!). When I was looking for something to put on the babies that were born on the 14th of January, a friend\hiker\veterinarian told me to avoid cotton at all costs because of the fact it will get damp and stay damp. Before that, I had not even thought about proper materials!! I just have some small dog sweaters on the babies. I haven't thought about checking them for sweating- however, I have frequently shoved my hands under their jackets to get my hands warm, and I have not felt sweat!
Thank you for your information! I will definitely continue checking, and not just for selfish reasons!
I found a pretty good deal at Jeffer's for 9.99 on the dog coats. They will work in mild winter weather just fine. They also sell something called the Kozee Kalf Blanket and that is super nice and has 350 grams of polyfill insulation inside a 600 denier nylon outer shell. Super warm for my oldest does when needed.