It is a lot easier keeping and caring for goats in your backyard than you might think. However, if you like the idea of keeping one or two goats, you should be aware of these dos and don’ts. One of the advantages of caring for goats is that they pose no hygiene or sanitary issues. This makes them an ideal choice of pet, and you will appreciate just how easy it is to care for them.
There are literally hundreds of species of goat, and just about all of them are entirely harmless. Most species of goat pose no threat, and many people domesticate and raise goats for their milk or meat, or sometimes their coat.
Although goats are basically safe and harmless and make great pets, they do have a tendency to bleat loudly. This loud bleating noise may put you off if you are considering keeping and raising goats as pets, and of course, you also have to take into consideration the effects of the noise on your neighbors.
If you do like the idea of keeping and raising goats in your backyard, make sure you consider these points:
One thing you don’t want is for your goats to stray out of your yard or their grazing area onto a neighbor’s property. A standard height fence or wall will be essential, and constructing this around your grazing area will prevent the goats from straying.
Goats are animals that like to stay in packs and be social, and for this reason, a fence around your property to prevent straying is essential, as the goats will tend to follow one another. If you have a goat that has been isolated from the herd, it can very easily become isolated and lonely, and in some cases can refuse to eat. Ideally, you will have at least two goats as pets to prevent this from happening.
Many people are somewhat suspicious of the idea of goats being kept as pets, and a tall fence around your land will prevent people from seeing that you have goats on your property. A fence can provide some privacy, both for you and your animals. However, if you do plan to keep goats, it may be a good idea to discuss it with your neighbors and let them know that you have goats.
Goats can be frightened of strong winds and extreme weather can even affect their ability to produce milk. A fence can help to protect your goats from the wind and other extremes of weather.
Make sure that your goats have their own supply of fresh water, otherwise, they may be inclined to try to wander off your property. Goats need water to remain hydrated, and access to water also helps to keep them cool during the hot summer months.
Having a supply of water for your goats is extremely important, and if you don’t have a stream or other natural source of water, you can provide them with a watering can, trough or other source. Your goats will not expend as much energy trying to locate water if there is a source of fresh water close to them.
Raising goats in your backyard can be fun and need not be difficult, although to make the project a success, it helps if you follow these basic tips.