goats and chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wideload12, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. wideload12

    wideload12 Hatching

    Dec 14, 2014
    I have a large she'd 12x16! I have a run on one side for our two young pygmy goats. Then I built a fence inside to separate them from the rest of the shed. I plan on getting 5-10 hens in the spring. If I build a run on the other side, and make the inside a coop will the two get along?
  2. angelfishfan

    angelfishfan In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2014
    Snohomish, Wa
    My goats and chickens aren't house together, but they free range together all day and we have no problems at all, they are always trying to get at each others feed, and sometimes my birds stand, roost on their backs and they don't seem to have a care in the world. The goats just keep browsing and the chickens ride along. My goats were afraid of my birds at first, but now they don't care.
  3. wideload12

    wideload12 Hatching

    Dec 14, 2014
    Thanks for the info
  4. Primo

    Primo Songster

    May 1, 2013
    Just keep in mind the goats will be relentless trying to get at the chicken feed. If successful they will gorge and bloat.
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  5. kyflock

    kyflock In the Brooder

    Jul 26, 2012
    I have pygmy goats. The chickens are CONSTANTLY in their pasture with them. They have all gotten along fine. I have an orpington roo who is a big guy. When we had pygmy babies I was actually worried about them... They were much smaller than the roo... but they have all always gotten along great.

    About feed... definitely, definitely make sure goats can't get to chicken feed... but I also have problems with the chickens sneaking some of the goat grain. I only feed the goats sweet grain briefly in the morning... so it's gone quickly... but the chickens will go peck around and try to get what's left.
  6. mossyroo

    mossyroo Chirping

    Oct 23, 2014
    Mossy Head, FL
    Seems as good a place as any to ask this. I plan on adding a pop door to my run to allow my chickens to free range in the same pasture as my horses and goats (Nubian x Boer). I am wondering how big I need to make the door for my Austrolorps to feel comfortable using it while keeping it small enough to keep the goats on their side. Anyone have any info on dimensions?
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Answered in your pop door thread
  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada

    Barred Rock hen


    Delaware Rooster


    Golden Comet hen

    My pop door is 9"x12" and can accommodate all these birds with no problem. I would suggest raising the door up around 8" from the floor of your coop to avoid your litter from clogging the threshold of the door. Mine is a guillotine style door and it opens and closes with just heavy whipper sniper line no pulleys involved through a small hole drilled through the top of the door..


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