Goats? Territorial?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by matthewschickens, May 22, 2010.

  1. Hey!

    Are Goats territorial? We are thinking about getting a small flock and we would like to know if they would run off if there was no fence.


  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Not territorial, as in like a dog. But, goats are curious and they browse instead of graze. They will wonder off. Plus, coyotes and such think they are quite tasty.
  3. Miss Red

    Miss Red Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    Trinity, Texas
    If you don't have a fence you're likely to get a call they've managed to run miles away and you never noticed they were gone.

    I had a "free range" goat a few years back. He followed someones car home one day, seven miles down the road! He stayed there for a few months before he disappeared again only to be found across the highway fenced in with someones lambs. He's lived happily there for a year now, and still comes running when I call him over. He was sort of adopted by everyone within ten miles of my house. But they all know who he really belongs to, its funny. Next time I'm putting them in a fence.
  4. Haviris

    Haviris Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2007
    They generally know where home is, but they do enjoy travelling around quite abit during the day. Your neighbors may not be happy if they find them in their gardens or in their yards eating on their favorite flowers. I've let mine free range at times, I have a few right now that keep getting out of my temporary yard fence, the only neighbor I really need to worry about right now is my sister, and so far they've stayed away from her place.

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