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Old 10/18/10, 12:22 PM
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Climbing goat deterrents

Are there any miracle deterrents to keep goats from climbing? I doubt it, but.....My pygmy kid is now climbing to the top of the chicken coop which is over 12 feet tall (it's made out of a old children's playhouse). The coop has levels, with the lowest roof line being about 5 feet tall. Not only does she disturb the laying hens with her racket, but I'm so afraid she's going to break a leg, as she's already fallen off the lower part of the house once! I'd like to not fence around it, as the chickens free range. Grrrrr... Please, is there some miracle way to stop her?

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Old 10/18/10, 01:11 PM
 
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Could you run a strand of electric or 2 across the edge of the lower level? Is she jumping straight up the 5ft or is there something she's jumping on to get up there?

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Old 10/18/10, 01:28 PM
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unless she is stair stepping off of something close to the bottom and jumping her way up from there the only thing to do is fence her off from it, goats climb its what they do. some more than others, i have had a spanish goat even climb up a tree that had fallen slightly and gotten stuck between two others, she ran up the log like a regular lumber jack to reach the leaves and such up in the top of the other trees, i have also seen them ontop of tractors and various other out buildings, she will be fine, the chickens will get used to it, but the shingles might get leaks lol,

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Old 10/18/10, 03:26 PM
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My goats would have a blast with that! I find that combination/cattle panels work best for keeping mine away from stuff. And my chickens can get right through those. But I have little chickens and my goats are not very "fence aggressive"

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My goats would have a blast with that! I find that combination/cattle panels work best for keeping mine away from stuff. And my chickens can get right through those. But I have little chickens and my goats are not very "fence aggressive"
I didn't think of that! I have one around the bunk feeder to keep the does from sleeping in it and tearing it up. It works great, and these are full sized Nubians.
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Old 10/18/10, 03:42 PM
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Old 10/18/10, 07:25 PM
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Our barn has two 3' x 6' sized steps from the ground to the floor of the loft. Our goats would easily jump onto the lowest one (about 4' from ground") then up to the second one (about 4' from the first one) then up onto the roof of our barn (all the way up 3 stories high to the top of our loft). We stopped this fast by placing a couple of 2 x 4s horizontal (like fencing; but could be lowered for "our" convenience) around the lowest step. This works!

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Old 10/18/10, 07:29 PM
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My goats would have a blast with that! I find that combination/cattle panels work best for keeping mine away from stuff. And my chickens can get right through those. But I have little chickens and my goats are not very "fence aggressive"
Great idea! Yeah mine would have a ball with those buildings too, they love anything they can climb on!
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Old 10/20/10, 09:01 AM
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Thanks! Cattle panels around it, it is! You all are wonderful for your ideas! I have a duck with a bad limp now thanks to little miss Bonnie Barley (the climbing goat) jumping down with great speed from the chicken coop onto an innocent ducky bystander.

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Old 10/20/10, 09:08 AM
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And our plan was to build a low and long shelter for our goats, yikes. We may have to rethink that design. Maybe they will just slide off the steel roof if we create a steep pitch...

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Old 10/20/10, 01:23 PM
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Maybe they will just slide off the steel roof if we create a steep pitch...
I wouldn't count on it!
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