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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by chicken 86, Aug 17, 2011.
Also, what about turkeys and chickens?
Goats and chickens can definitely live together! Don't know anything about turkeys.
Goats and chickens can live together pretty peacefully. The challenge will be keeping their food apart. Chicken feed is not good for goats because of the mineral content is "off" for goats and could cause them problems.
Turkeys and chickens are not supposed to be housed together given the larger nature of the turkey and the aggression towards the chickens. Whether this is always an issue or not, I don't know. Goats and chickens are fine though. I raised chickens and pekins together and while they avoided each other, it turned out well.
I dont know about turkeys and chickens but I believe a goat and chickens can.. I use to work at a Thoroughbred race track and I know know a couple of people who used a chicken for company for nervous horses because the goat looked too much like a mini horse for the thoroughbred an they would attack the goat but the horse would be too scared to step on the chicken so they were basically forced to calm down... so If you can use a chicken for a companion for a horse I dont see why not vice versa for a goat!
I know alot of people on here dont believe in keeping chickens with anything else but chickens so its all in personal preference.
I think chickens can increase turkey's risk of blackhead, if they share the same space. A lot of people do it and don't have problems, but it's something to look into.
My goats and chickens have lived together for nearly two years with minimal issues. Just remember, that their are several disease issues that will affect both species, so if one gets sick, make sure it is something that the other can't catch.
Also, you will have to take some extra precautions with your chicken door and coop. I have three walls covered in hardware cloth and goats love to scratch their bodies against the wall. So, we had to put up goat bumper boards every 10" up to around 40" to make sure the wire would not be damaged.
Also, the goats will commando crawl and contort their bodies in any way possible to get to the chickens feeder. Design your chickens door in a way that the goats cannot enter: We used a dutch door and the chickens have to fly up and perch on it to get out. Some people put their pop doors in areas the goats cannot access, or their is a thread on here somewhere that they built it in such a way that they goats could not weasel their way in.
The chickens love going into the goat's house and scratching through the straw on their floor. This is great for me because it keeps the bedding turned and bug free, which is less maintenance for me. The goats seem to help the chickens by acting as a deterrent, at least at my place. All my goats are large weighing in at around 100-120lbs, so I am sure they would be much more effective deterrents than smaller goats. It also depends on the goats personality: I have one that is wonderful if she knows you but all bets are off if she doesn't. My doe is very aggressive toward any canines, humans or anything else that does not belong in their pasture and the 3 wethers follow her lead: Our 85 lb dogs are terrified of her (we had to save them because she tried to kill them when they got in the pasture one day) and so are my neighbors. I actually put up warning signs for legal reasons.
In the two years they've been housed in the same area, we've only had three losses to predators...all birds that did not report to the coop before dusk and all to owls. Our neighbor has lost almost 20 birds in the same period to foxes, coyotes, racoons, and lord knows what else: I can see his chickens from my back porch. We do have much more secure housing, which I am sure helps a lot, but he has lost birds to the foxes mid-morning. His birds are in their chain-link yard while mine are running loose several hundred feet away with the goats and possibly a cow in their pasture.
Last fall we heard what sounded like a WWF wrestling match going on in the goats house in the middle of the night (goat/chicken housing is about 60' from our bedroom window). We ran out to see what was going on and the goats were all standing in their paddock. My husband discovered some holes that hadn't been there earlier that evening where something had tried to dig its way into the chicken coop: It ran into the metal roofing we buried 16" deep so moved to the left and tried again. This time, it managed to dig under the wall and emerge in the goat house. The culprit has never returned and all I can figure is it didn't like the welcome it got.
Quote:WWE you mean... it hasnt been WWF in years.
Be very very careful of the chickens laying eggs and the goats eating them. The eggs will mess up the rumen and the goats food just passes straight through and they can starve. This happened to someone I know, luckily they figured it out and saved the goats.
Quote:I went to your web page.. WOW your birds are beautifulllll... I love that breed. Are the Roo's lighter than the hens? Like barred rocks