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How much space dose a goat need? When you decide it is the right time to take on goats, you will need to consider how much space is needed to keep a goat. This information will allow you to get the right number of goats, and keep from over crowding your property with animals.
How Much Space Dose a Goat Need?
This is a loaded question and I have been avoiding it for a while. Enough people have pushed hard enough that I will be covering “how much space do goats need” in this article.
Here you go, the answer to the question “How Much Space Does a Goat Need” is ……… It depends. There are a lot of variable that will come in to play when calculating how mush space goats need.
Are you going to feed your goat with pasture? or will you be feeding the goat with bagged feed. What if you’re keeping milk goats? At some point you will have to breed them, and that will require extra space. Will you be keeping a buck? If so do you want control access to the does? So many different situations can arise.
To keep this article somewhat simple, we are going to cover a very basic setup. One goat, you can do the math for the number of goats you want to keep. Also keep in mind goats are herd animals and really should be kept with other goats. I do not recommend keeping goats alone, but for the sake of this article we are going to look at one goat.
As a general rule, you should give a goat about 250 square feet of space for the outside enclosure. The goat will also need a shelter, I always attach the shelter to the outside of the enclosure as not to take away space. The shelter should be roughly 15 square feet, and should have a roof and at least three sides.
How to calculate space needed for goats
If a goat needs 250 square feet, build a goat pen that is 16 feet by 16 feet. This is a little bigger than the 250 mark, but it will make the pen easier to build. Besides, you can buy panels 16 foot panels and just snap them together. Be sure to get fencing that will hold the size goat you wish to keep.
The shelter should be a least 5 foot by 3 foot, and can be made like a small shed. As you know I do not recommend keeping just one goat , so you may consider making that shelter a 10 x 6. The shelters that I make resemble sheds. If you do not have the handy man skills to build one yourself, consider buying a pre-made shed kit. They do not cost too much and come with instructions to put them together.
Leave Some Room to Grow
No matter if you are going to raise goats for meat, or for milk, you will eventually end up with a few more than you planed. When building your goat pen be sure to give extra room, just in case. You will find it much easier to make the pen bigger while building to than trying to add-on later.
Now go out there and get you some goats. You will find the entire adventure very fulfilling.