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Can I keep chickens and goats together?

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I'm going to be getting chickens and goats and I was wondering if I could keep them together? And also if anyone has any pictures or links of pens for chickens and goats together.

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Yeah you can. I saw them actually sitting and laying eggs in the goats hay at a goat farm once. We were there to get manure. 

2 Barred Rocks, 3 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Gold Star, 1 Gold Cochin, 7 Easter Eggers, 1 black cat, 3 black and white cats, 1 white and grey cat, 1 brown cat, 1 grey and white striped cat.
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2 Barred Rocks, 3 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Gold Star, 1 Gold Cochin, 7 Easter Eggers, 1 black cat, 3 black and white cats, 1 white and grey cat, 1 brown cat, 1 grey and white striped cat.
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I have some free range rooster that go in n out of my goats pen but they don't live together since goats can't eat chicken feed
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My chicken coops are built into the back wall of my open goat barn.  It works for me but in some ways it's been a real pain in the backside.  If I had to do it all again I would have them separate.  Coops have to be built extra strong to withstand goats who like to climb, jump, butt and try to get inside.  And you have to build coops so that you and the chickens can get in and out but keep the goats out.  Goats will go to great lengths to get at the chicken feed and if they do, they will gorge themselves and they will bloat. Been there, done that. And it's amazing how small an opening a goat can and will squeeze itself through!  Goats will watch you every day, they will test your doors, gates and latches every single day to see if they can get in or out of where ever they should or should not be.  Keeping them under the same roof can certainly be done, you just have to get a little inventive sometimes as well as being extra vigilante about keeping the goats out of the chicken feed.

wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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That's very interesting cafarmgirl I recently just doubled my pig/chicken/duck pen and I have a ten by ten dog pen as a coop that is inline with the fence. Now we are fixing to add three dwarf Nigerian milk goats.
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