Goats, Chickens, Ducks Together?????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CoopCrazy, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Ok so my folks suprised the poo out of me last night and said that they wanted me to get a few Pygmy Goats in the spring.. This may not seem a big deal to yu but my folks have NEVER incouraged me to get more animals... When I was in 4-H I had a few goats and they all loved them..

    My question is though.. Would one fenced acre be enough room for 2 pygmy goats, 4 Pekin Ducks and up to 20 chickens without making a muddy nasty mess ???? We have close to three acres total but my Dad doesnt want the front fenced even though more then have the front acreage is in the front..
    I do want to clarify that they will be fed seperatly .. The goats will not have access to the chicken or duck food..
  2. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

    Aug 20, 2009
    That would be more than enough room.
  3. chocolate m'scovy

    chocolate m'scovy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    Give the ducks their own water bowl. I don't think the goats will want to drink their water after the ducks get to it (or in it, I might add).
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  4. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

    Aug 20, 2009
    goats will drink anything. not that they SHOULD, just that they will.
  5. ErieSpurs

    ErieSpurs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Elyria, OH
    Should be good to go.
  6. bantamsrus

    bantamsrus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Charlotte, MI
    Anybody have concerns about the goats chewing on the chickens feathers? My husbands darn goat chews on my horses tails so now he has his own paddock. [​IMG]
  7. AtomicPenguin

    AtomicPenguin Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 28, 2009
    Central Louisiana
    Quote:I haven't had that problem yet. Haven't heard of them doing that either.
  8. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2008
    Bedias, TX
    I will never put goats with ducks ever ever again.

    The ducks WILL get into the goat water and foul it. Highly unhealthy for the goats. And duck poop is disgusting and turns any place into a mess in time.

    Chickens are not so bad, but they poop on everything, as we all know. This includes the goats, goat bedding, goat hay, goat food, goat water...

    etc etc etc

    It can be done.

    I will never do it again. [​IMG]

    On the plus side, the ducks DO keep the insects down. Perhaps one-two ducks in a large enough pen isn't that bad.
  9. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I don't know about ducks, but my chickens and goats hang out together. I've got three hens and five goats. The hens have their own pen, but during the day they prefer to go over the fence and hang out with the goats. I have one young goat who chases the chickens trying to play with them, but the others ignore them. When I had a horse, the goats destroyed her tail if I did not keep it braided and in a tail bag (and also blankets, leg wraps, halters, lead ropes...I turned my back on them for a few minutes once while tacking up and they destroyed an expensive dressage bridle!), but they don't chew on the chickens. They can't really catch the chickens.

    Two acres is plenty. I've got five large goats in two pens that are 10X14 feet and 14X18 feet with a gate in between that I can open or close as I choose, and they are comfortable in there. Just be sure that the goats can't gorge themselves on chicken feed; I have a friend who has had issues with that this year. She's lost several goats and lambs because they broke down their fence and opened up the chicken coop and stuffed themselves to death on layer mash during the night.

    Congratulations on your soon-to-be goat ownership! They're great animals, I love mine. I think I'd fall over in the floor with a heart attack if my husband/family said 'I think you should get some more...(insert animal of choice here)'!
  10. chixie

    chixie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    kountze texas
    I have goats with my ducks,chickens and goose with no problems

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