Keeping Goats in a Loft

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Ryan McEachern, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Ryan McEachern

    Ryan McEachern Out Of The Brooder

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    After a terrible experience with a bear (who scaled a 6 ft fence and pryed the barn door open and killed (but didn't eat) my two nigerian dwarf goats, we are rethinking our methods. Can you provide shelter to goats by way of a loft? We have a beautiful loft that, with some climbing sections, might be accessable to goats but not a bear? Any input? Anyone done this before?
     
  2. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I dont see why not...any goat I have ever ment loved to climb..
     
  3. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    If a goat can climb it, so can a bear. Bears can climb trees.
     
  4. Ryan McEachern

    Ryan McEachern Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmmm. Maybe if they had to do some jumping to get from spot to spot...
     
  5. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    trust me....anything a goat can navigate, a bear can do it faster and better. Especially a hungry one. sorry.......
     
  6. lasergrl

    lasergrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Electric wire is the only solution other then a livestock guard dog.
     
  7. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    I don't think even a livestock guardian dog could stand up to a bear. Electric wire is probably the only protection.
     
  8. Ryan McEachern

    Ryan McEachern Out Of The Brooder

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    Well electric wire is an easy solution. We plan on putting it top and bottom. I didn't think that would do much to deter a bear though? I guess there isn't really much that CAN deter a bear if he really wants in.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011
  9. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    There are breeds of dogs specifically suited for bear issues. Karelian Bear Dogs and Russo-European Laikas are excellent. I personally have a ton of experience with these breeds as my Grandmother was the first person in North American to import some directly from Russian in the 1980's. They excell at bear deterring, they are fearless, driven and fast. They are the BEST for bear and moose issues.
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think even a livestock guardian dog could stand up to a bear

    They don't have to fight the bear.

    They just have to scare it away.

    Most predators are not confrontational, and are looking for an EASY meal​
     

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