Goat Transport Question

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by sweetshoplady, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    I am picking up the 5 yr old doe saanen/nubian cross Tuesday 3/25.

    I have a dog crate, 33"H x 48"L x 30"W. Four Paws X-Large Wire Crate (I imagine some of you may be familiar with that crate.)

    Do I need to try to open the lid and put taller boards on the corners to give the goat more height? Or will she be fine in a crate that size for a 3 hour trip?

    I plan on putting a tarp over it to keep the wind off of her.

    I am making a second trip for the doeling kids as they both should fit in there, no problem.

    I don't have a horse trailer or a stock trailer. I thought of renting a van and just cleaning it out afterward.

    So glad its daylight savings time so that I can do some stuff after work before it gets dark.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Sherry

    Sherry Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Southern WV
    I transport my goats in a crate like that, I have pygmies. I put some straw in the bottom and off we go. [​IMG]
  3. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I have a alpine doe and she wont fit in that size crate...it just would be to uncomfortable...smaller goats it is fine like pygmies and nigerians, you would be better to get a van or a different type of transportation instead. that way you can just make 1 trip . Lots easier on all around....hopefully it isnt to hard to get a different type of vehicle. I would just get a tarp and some straw or cardboard and try to bring them all together with this put down. also the babies you can put diapers on and the doe too like depends and its a lot less messier and haul them in a car. Just a thought...
  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    When I was a kid I remember we hauled a goat in the back of our station wagon. Of course it was a short trip. People in passing cars laughed when they saw a goat in our car, it was fun. I don't remember the mess as I was not the one to deal with it, hee hee
    I would take Chatychick's advice [​IMG]
  5. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Sounds too small to me. I think your doe will be that tall at the wither...if not taller...and won't be comfortable. Standing, our larger Nigerian Dwarves just are able to stand and raise their heads in a crate that size.
  6. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Crowing

    Apr 30, 2007
    Deer Park Washington
    We always just stick them in the back of the van, put a tarp down. If its a truck, tie it up like a dog.
  7. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    So if I rented a van, I could do them possibly in one trip. Just put a tarp down.

    I have old hay that I can put down.

    I say possibly as I haven't confirmed a pick-up time with the other person.

    I know a couple who transported their mini horse in the back of a van.
  8. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    We transport goats by tieing them to the truck bed. lay down hey and they should be fine. we do enough transporting we bought a camper top for the truck. Crystal
  9. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    We transported ours in the back of our truck. It has a topper on it. We had about an hours ride they did fine. Getting them out was alittle hair raising. but the last time we transported 5 at once. they were pigmies but did very well.
  10. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    Usually I drive a Ford Ranger. If she stood, she could look over the cab. Its not too tall.

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