How do YOU keep goats out of chicken feed?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Wild Chicken, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. ODS-n-ENS FARM

    ODS-n-ENS FARM Songster

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    I have goats & chickens. I have heard conflicting reports on goats eating chicken food. I have heard only medicated chicken food will harm goats and I have heard any chicken food. Needless to say the chickens feeder is in their coop and if goat is loose while I am in coop I pull up feeder and hang it from ceiling.
     
  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

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    Hahaha thats aboutas easy as keeping a racoon out of a trashcan.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

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    Quote:ooh, good idea! thanks!
     
  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    The issue with goats eating chicken food is not that the food is poisonous... it's that they eat it quickly and often too much and can very easily bloat - that will kill your goat.

    I keep hearing from vets and other goat people that there have been an unbelievable number of goats getting bloat this year, around the country, so keep an eye on the little dudes. I'm wondering what's causing it to be so high?
     
  5. irtehun

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    This is an awesome idea and it worked for me. Thanks
     
  6. akfarmfamily

    akfarmfamily Hatching

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    I placed some very high roosts in the corner of a covered 6' chain link fence area and attached feeders high on the fence. The chickens can eat all they want and the goats can't get to their food. I give them their scratch and other treats on the ground when the goats aren't around.
     
  7. bestponymilo

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    We took an old metal futon frame, chopped it to length and made a dutch door of sorts between the chicken and goat areas of the house/coop. One side is hinged so they swing like gates, the other side is latched with a chain and clip. There's one futon "gate" on the bottom and one on top, so I can open the top and walk over the bottom gate--nice to have so the goats aren't barging in behind me to steal the peep food. The space between the futon bars is narrow enough that the goats (pygmy Xs, so they're pretty small) can't get thru, but the chickens can. Works like a charm and I can still easily move between the goat/chicken side for feeding and cleaning.
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2013
  8. TheCrazyClucker

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    i use my barn for storing the chicken feed, behind bars. even my goats can't stick their sneaky lil' heads in
     
  9. Billy-jean

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    I have ths same problem,but it's with the goats getting at the ducks feed.they are kept in separate houses for nighttime,but in the same outside enclosure. so It was hard to find a solution,so I put the ducks feed in a doghouse,and have a fence across the opening/door,,then the goats can't eat the feed,and the ducks easily pass their heads through to get at it. genius!
     
  10. modestmaiden62

    modestmaiden62 In the Brooder

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    Did you have a door on it too. We have been having a time with our goat. She pushes the sliding door up and goes right in but can't get out. I think we are going to give this a go.
    Thanks,
     

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