- Our bills are very low, we live off a well, and we heat our house strictly with firewood. And, for most of the winter, our horses and goats have plenty of forage/standing hay/winter rye grass in the pasture(s) we have them in. They don't need much feed to keep them fat and sassy.
Oh! Heh... perhaps I should have mentioned that their shelter is a large metal Port-a-Hut, and the ground all around is gravel, and there's a gate over the opening of the hut. The set up 'firepit' is about 10-15 feet away from the gate. There's no way anything could get into the flames with the way we have things set up... it's kinda like a fireplace in a house. The warmth gets blown where it's needed, but the coals (we keep the fire low, without high flames... embers and coal heat better than high flames anyhow) don't get where they're not supposed to be.
Also, we've been racking our brains trying to use logic and memory to figure out when she could have possibly been bred. As close as we can estimate, it was, at the latest, last March, and could be no earlier than middle to late February. So it seems we have a good while to prepare... luckily.
I'm not planning on interfering with momma, and hearing that I most likely won't have to is a weight off my shoulders. Goats need a LOT of work, and help. Not to mention they're dummer than a sack of hammers. And the dogs we have keep away all the predators, so we have no problems there.
One more thing... would anyone be willing to partake in a little research project of mine? It won't be hard, I promise. I heard something from a good friend that a good friend of hers swears by... and I'm curious.