Can I give a goat a bath

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Berynn, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. Berynn

    Berynn Cooped Up

    Oct 13, 2007
    If I get goats can I give them baths and can I teach them to poop out side if I bring them in the house or should they never come in the house
  2. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    From what I've read they don't have that kind of control, so "house training" is likely out of the question. They also aren't really a calm dog-like animal, they'll be climbing all over your coffee table and sofa trying to be king of the mountain. [​IMG]

    As for baths, I'm sure you can since 4-H'ers always have immaculate animals at the fair. I have no clue how to go about it though, generally all the care I've read about involves brushing and/or trimming their coat.

    Sorry I couldn't be more help!
  3. Berynn

    Berynn Cooped Up

    Oct 13, 2007
    It certainly wouldn't be the first time that I had a kid climbing on my coffee table, you were a big help I never thought of the king of the mountain thing, thanks.
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Yes you can give your goat a bath like you would do for horses. They dont like it too well but during the hot weather they would appreciate it. I had bathe and clipped Nubian goats for 4H when I was a kid.

    House training goats would be like trying to keep them in a single wire electric wire to keep them in....they will definately get on everything and anything. Not a good idea. Keeping them from soiling is not an easy feat either forgo putting a goat in house or get a diaper for it.

    By the way, NO billy goats! They can stink high heaven and very dominant in some cases. That is why we never had billy goats on our farm, we just take the girls for stud services down the road aways, and bring them back after a period of time. Works well for us!
  5. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i washed my billgoat inside the tub once. lol. cuae all his billygoatness was washing off on hi scompanion dog who is allowed inside sometimes. he hated it but didnt' hav much choice. i would assume most people would do it outside, though. lol. i did it inside cuase i had never done it before and figured hoenslty i could pin him in better inside than out.

    there is a goat forum that i havne' seen up lately but those people used to take their goats inside. pigmys i assume.
  6. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    Went to a friends house that had a goat which was sometimes alowed inside. We almost had goat for dinner as it thought the fire felt so wonderful, it climbed into the fireplace. BTW singed goat hair doesn't smell so great either.
  7. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    Well mine dont like getting wet and from all I have talked to theirs dont either can bathe them and clip them but as far as keeping in the house good luck...I have had bottle babies in the house but in a cage and still I havent had any luck potty training them not to mess where the feeling allows them. also they sure can chew up the wall paper and the trim around doors and the couch and other things. so not a good idea to keep them in the house unless they are in a cage or pen.
  8. Haviris

    Haviris Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    You can bath a goat I have done it inside in the tub and outside with the hose, most goats don't like water, but there are the rare few!
    As for keeping them in the house, I wouldn't. I do normally keep my bottle babies inside and I've even kept older sick ones inside, but soon as they are better they are back outside. I have two that would gladly move inside with me and be happy even if they never saw another goat again. I think their pooping is pretty uncontrollable, but you can teach them to pee where you want.
  9. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    that is the best picture ever
  10. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    If you want to get "pet" goats. Get wethers. They are the easiest to tame and least moody. They do not have the offensive habits of their non castrated male counterparts. Our Toggenburgs like water and can be bathed without issue.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2007

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