What do you think of keeping goats & ducks together?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by iamcuriositycat, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I posted this in predators & pests too, but wanted to tap the knowledge of fellow duck lovers too. I was just watching my goats and ducks in the yard today and noticing how well they get along. And also thinking about how much better goats are at defending themselves from predators and I thought: If I housed them together, would the goats add an extra layer of discouragement/protection to the ducks?

    I would still, of course, make sure the pen was as predator-proof as possible.

    I also know I would have to put the goat's water up where the ducks couldn't reach it, because the goats really like their water clean. And the feeding, which I do twice a day, would have to be separate.

    Can anyone think of any other considerations, or good reasons *not* to do it? And what do you think of the predator protection potential?


  2. Squirtchy2009

    Squirtchy2009 Songster

    Aug 28, 2009
    I cant see a reason why not, as long as like you said, you keep it well pest proof and make sure no repdetors, which would ushaly target goat coops, like rats could'nt get in!
  3. Bring

    Bring Songster

    Jul 16, 2009
    New Mexico
    If you feed your ducks chicken feed and the goats get to it they will get sick. Chicken feed isn't any good for goats.
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Thanks guys! Yeah, I know they have to be fed separately--the ducks and goats both get fed twice a day, so I could just separate them for feeding to prevent accidents. Or I could put the duck feed inside a shelter with a door too small for the goats to enter. But I don't want the ducks eating the goat food either, which looks a lot like duck food.

    Why does the chicken feed make goats sick? Just because they'll eat too much of it and it's too concentrated? Just wondering--seems like the ingredients are similar just in different proportions. But I am careful about how much of the concentrate the goat boys get, because I don't want them to get stones in their urinary tracts.

    They do, however, sometimes clean up chicken feed if I've spilled it in the yard. Is that bad for them? Yikes!
  5. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    idk bout ducks but i had some chickens in with my goats and they didnt even acknowledge the others presences so if you get a chicken feeder and keep the goats out of it then you will be fine!!!!

  6. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Everytime I've seen this post today I keep thinking the OP should be Goat_Walker. [​IMG]
  7. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Songster

    Aug 27, 2009
    my ducks love my goat...they free ranged but spend a good portion of the day hanging out with the goat. We are thinking about moving them in with the goat. Hopefully that will work?
  8. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Songster

    Mar 18, 2009
    Out in the Boonies
    Try a 'creep feeder' for you ducks. It's not a separate house, but the goats can't get into it. (Hopefully!)

    I've heard you can use cattle fence panels, because the holes are very large. Then you can put a tarp on top to keep it dry. [​IMG]
  9. LittleSquidgenHome

    LittleSquidgenHome Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    My only concern would be goats with wet feet, messy little quackers could cause goat foot rot. But I assume there will not be a soggy mess on the pen floor. I don't really see a problem as long as the goats hava dry place to stand.

  10. Ashmeade

    Ashmeade Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    You would need a way to keep the ducks out of the goats' water...

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