Monday, June 29, 2009

GOATUCATION - How Much Space do We Goats Need?

Today's Goatucation question comes from our regular reader, Cici. She asked: How much space is the minimum requirement for keeping goats happy? I assume she wants to know both inside and outside needs. Well even if she doesn't I am going to tell you 'cause that is the kind of goat I am.

Since I am a Nigerian dwarf goat I am going to tell you about my needs. I don't know what bigger goats need. Jillian and Mallory are a little bit bigger than I am but they have some dwarf in them. For outside grazing each goat needs at least 130 sq. ft. of pasture. This is so we each have enough of the tasty grass and yummy weeds for browsing.

Inside the barn or goat house each goat should have 10 sq. ft. of space to rest at night and to be safe from predators. I know I like my pen in the goat house because I can get away from Abby and her butts. Now even little Kevin has his very own pen. The publicist was going to take a photo of it but she forgot. Silly publicist.

So here on the Happy Goats Farm there are three different goat pens. The bucks have one

The does have one

And there is a spare one that is used for different things. Right now Abby and Harry are using it until Harry gets a little bit bigger.

We also get to go grazing around the different areas of the Farm. The publicist and male person are very good to us and let us eat the yummy grass and tasty weeds almost anywhere we want.

They just get nervous if we get too close to the thing they call "the road." Then they run after us waving their arms and shouting. It's rather funny, actually.

Larger goats require more space but I am now back to my svelte self since Kevin was born and I am no longer a larger goat. Ha! You know what I mean - my readers are smart!

I hope you enjoyed this installment of Goatucation. Be sure to check back next Monday for our next lesson. Thanks Cici!


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