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Old 05/14/07, 02:24 PM
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I have someone who wants to "rent a goat". They have visited the farm now 2 times and today proposed giving me $100 to rent a nigie kid for the summer. Seems like a great deal, but, maybe not??? They have promised to give proper care and all, BUT they only want ONE. Also, thier town does not allow goats on non farm assessed land. They have had goats in the past and had to return them to the seller. They seem like nice folks BUT chances are that if I give this kid up for the summer, I WONT be able to sell it. Then I have ANOTHER mouth to feed for the winter and selling an older whether the following year could be difficult. If these were meat goats, I would say SURE, but its not like I can send them to market when it gets back. Anyone have any experience with this???

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Old 05/14/07, 02:44 PM
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I don't think I'd do it. Granted, i don't have goats yet, but the way you lay it out, it doesn't sound like a good idea. If they're not allowed goats and the town has had to come down on them about it before, bad things might happen.

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Old 05/14/07, 03:02 PM
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I don't think I'd do it either. What if something happened to the goat? Who would be responsible for possible vet expenses, or in the event of it's death the cost of the goat? Not nice things to think about, but needing to think about. Also, you don't know for sure they will give it the care you would give it. They can say anything. Now that's true of a buyer as well, but that's the way it is. In THIS case the goat isn't being purchased and you are still the owner... are you SURE what shape it would be coming back to you?

And ALL that doesn't even take into account it is NOT legal for them to have a goat on their property. Whether that's fair or not isn't the question. It's not so they shouldn't even be considering it.

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Old 05/14/07, 03:37 PM
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for that money they could buy a little wether and if they don't "need " him anymore put him in the freezer or bring him to the sales barn and get some pennies back
no, i wouldn't rent out a goat either. plus, one goat alone is never happy.

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Old 05/14/07, 05:56 PM
 
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Why do they want a kid for the summer? To clear brush? To entertain the family? A pet goat for the summer? Seems kind of weird to me. I wouldn't do it.

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Old 05/14/07, 06:27 PM
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They said they got two last year and were forced to give them up. They said they miss having a goat around and want another but are pretty sure they will be forced to give them up again. It is an elderly couple.

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If they'll be forced to give them up again, what's the point??? I'd say that, from a legal standpoint, if goats are not allowed where they live, then there's no way you should rent anything to them. I agree with susanne - they can go to an auction or find a meat goat to BUY for that price and, when "forced to give him up" can take him to the locker or back to the auction house. Don't get suckered into this.

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Old 05/14/07, 10:54 PM
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Check Craigslist. They might have an adult goat or two that these folks can get. The sad fact is, people like to buy kids, not adults, for pets. If you let them use your kid's most marketable period, when his new PERMANENT family should be bonding with him, and then give him back when he's a much less desirable animal, you won't be doing him any favors. Besides, how do you know the previous goats weren't carrying something nasty that could be picked up by the kid and then brought back to your herd. I wouldn't do it. No way.

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Tell them if they want to be around goats you'll let them pay you to feed your goats on your farm.

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Old 05/15/07, 08:57 AM
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Tell them if they want to be around goats you'll let them pay you to feed your goats on your farm.

LOL yeah, for a nominal fee you'll be happy to let them enjoy all the thrills of ranch life. IE: cleaning stalls, feeding kids, feeding, worming... heck the whole nine yards. For an extra fee you'll even call them up at all hours of the day and let them enjoy the thrills of birth when one kids.
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Old 05/15/07, 08:58 AM
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We had so much green briar, poison ivy, etc on our land-& still do-that I would LOVE to rent goats for all day Sat, for instance, just to do our clearing!

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