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    Goats as pets? Pros and cons

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    So the Wife is talking about getting a few goats for fun, and to provide a little more work for the Maremmas. She is thinking Pygmy goats, or some other small breed. We have the room, but no barn or shed for them (yet!). Wondering what they would need space wise, security-wise, what are some/any downsides to this idea? I don't think (shuddering at the thought) that she plans to allow them indoors, so at least I am not worrying about that (yet!)
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    I would love to have a pet goat or more, but I wont live long enough to care for them. Only other concern may be coyotes etc. I like them fainting goats. We had an Alpine? once, they like to get loose and eat everything.

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    Goats as pets? Pros and cons

    My granddaughter raises goats for competition. She is up early every morning before school and first thing she attends to when getting home. Hers do not require a lot of room. But they climb on everything inside their pen She exercises them daily I'll text her this eve with more details

    Forgot to mention , she also raises sheep for competition too .... I'll find out which is more time consuming
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    When I was a kid, our neighbors had goats...I recall coming home one day; a couple of them had gotten out and were standing on top of the neighbor's car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2LaneCruzer View Post
    When I was a kid, our neighbors had goats...I recall coming home one day; a couple of them had gotten out and were standing on top of the neighbor's car.
    That would be a dead man standing if it was my car.


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    Goats don't need a full barn but they do need shelter. A small run in shed works. And yeah, if you leave them to roam they'll be all over everything. A fenced in area that they can't break out of is an absolute necessity.
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    Not worried about predators, with 2 Maremmas (and the female is pregnant) we have no concerns on that front.

    I wondered about a walk out instead of a barn, would it be enough in the occasionally harsh Pennsylvania winter? How do goats do in winter in general?

    Yeah I don't think we would be too thrilled with goats on the car either.

    I've seen a few videos on facebook of goats playing on a metal springboard. Pretty funny.
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    I wanted to get a couple of goats. But my neighbor has them. There fun to watch but I no longer want to own them. I'm happy petting them through the fence. They always find a way to get out & roam around. There very strong so they are difficult to hold on to. There fun, but too much work to properly care for. My neighbor also has a pony, three dogs & a cow. He's the local HS Agriculture teacher. I think his teen daughter takes care of the animals. I know the cow is here's but when she goes off to college in about a year, she will sell the cow for some school money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddog View Post
    I wanted to get a couple of goats. But my neighbor has them. There fun to watch but I no longer want to own them. I'm happy petting them through the fence. They always find a way to get out & roam around. There very strong so they are difficult to hold on to. There fun, but too much work to properly care for. My neighbor also has a pony, three dogs & a cow. He's the local HS Agriculture teacher. I think his teen daughter takes care of the animals. I know the cow is here's but when she goes off to college in about a year, she will sell the cow for some school money.
    Went to visit a friend a few years back who happened to own several goats. We were outside in the yard just visiting when I pulled out a cigarette (yeah, I smoked in those days). His old Billy pranced up and proceeded to take my cigarette out of my hand, before I could get it lit, and ate it. Needless to say, I was surprised. I pulled out another and this time I gave it to him and he promptly ate it. The third time, I finally convinced him that it was for me, and he went away. I told my friend, something to the effect that "Man, I never heard of a goat that liked cigarettes". He grinned, and said "That's nothing, you ought to see him drink beer!".
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    I really hope no one would kill an animal just for doing what they do. Maybe I better not return too this thread.

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