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Keeping a goat alone

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by waddles99, May 8, 2016.

  1. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, its a little different than what the title says, but yes, essentially I would like to keep goat alone. I know that the first rule of goat keeping is never keep a single goat. But, I was wondering if it would be feasible to keep a goat alone in a small pen next to a pasture of goats. That way, they could see each other and interact with each other, but be separated.

    The reason I need them separated is because I show goats, and this particular goat will be a show doeling I need on a regimented feeding program. In order to have her in perfect shape by show season, and hold her there, she needs an individualized feeding program specified for her. Its very complicated, but the way I see it, if she's in with other goats, there is no way to know what she is eating and what the other goats are eating. I cannot feed the other goats her feed, since this feed is especially for show and very expensive, not to mention unnecessarily bulking for other goats.

    Do you think this plan would work? I am curious to hear feedback. They could still interact through the fence, but just not get to each others feed. Thanks.
     
  2. magicstorm

    magicstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could u maybe separate at feeding time only? Or maybe put one goat with her for most of the day? We have goats in side by side pens due to one getting picked on. She has the next most submissive in with her except at feeding she is separated because even her friend won't share
     
  3. magicstorm

    magicstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think u may have to base this on how she behaves when she is alone.
     
  4. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmmm, I can't really run the risk of getting her home and finding out she wont work for me.
     

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