goat and sheep together-planning for the future

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Henrietta23, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    I've searched and can't find a quick answer in the many pages that come up. My question is, can one goat and one sheep keep each other company? Or does it depend on individuals. I'd love to have one Nigerian Dwarf doe to possibly milk one day and a Shetland Sheep. We really don't have room for two of each, but I'd never get an animal if it wasn't going to be happy with the living arrangements, as in one lone goat or sheep.
    Thanks for any thoughts. We're a long way off from getting either!
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I think if they were both young and about the same age, then they could adapt to being together

    The only problem would be the goat would need minerals with enough copper to kill a sheep.
    You'd also have to make sure the feed was safe for the sheep.

    Youd have to give them both sheep minerals and supplement the goat with another source of copper
     
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  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    the only problem would be feed..goats need copper and sheep cant really have it...but...i hear ya!..i'd love a cute little sheep!..[​IMG]
     
  4. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Thanks, that's what I needed to know! I knew someone would have a quick answer for me. Doesn't sound like a good plan at all. Back to one or the other, or should I say two of one or the other. (It's late, I'm confusing myself so I'm going to bed!)
    I'm leaning toward the goats, but I have a friend who has three sheep who is always telling me how much better sheep are than goats. I love her sheep and she's fairly persuasive. She is not a goat fan so I hear a lot about how much trouble they are. Then again she's a serious spinner and knitter whereas I am a novice knitter and I spent one day hand spinning with her. I loved it but I don't know if I loved it enough to get sheep instead of goats.
     
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  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:wait..lol..i'm no expert! lol...someone may tell you differant!...dont give up hope yet!...[​IMG]
     
  6. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
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    Quote:wait..lol..i'm no expert! lol...someone may tell you differant!...dont give up hope yet!...[​IMG]

    Aw, thanks. At least I can enjoy spending time with her sheep whenever I want!
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    i've never been around sheep so i cant say...but, i LOVE my bottle baby goats!...[​IMG]
     
  9. luvmygirlsinAK

    luvmygirlsinAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We love our little Nigerian goat!! I was nervous about getting goats as well, but have certainly changed my mind now!! Also, just to let you know, we had a shetland sheep who was due, and since it was _45 F. out, we put her in our greenhouse in a pen. She got lonely, so we put our Nigerian goat in with her-it sure perked her up! We keep our goats with the shetland sheep outside, as well. No problems.
     
  10. dfchaser

    dfchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My friend has goat and sheep together. She feeds each in a separate stall at night and then for minerals the goat one is on the other side of the fence. They can get their head thru the fencing while the sheet cannot.
     

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