Transporting goats in the back of a pickup truck

Discussion in 'Goats' started by holleegee, May 1, 2007.

  1. holleegee

    holleegee Well-Known Member

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    I do not have a trailer and was thinking I could build a "carrier" out of cattle panels for the back of my pickup truck. I could then cover that with a tarp so the goats wouldn't get too much air. Do you think it would work? Does anyone have plans for something like this? I would like to get this...
    http://www.behlencountry.com/small_animals/animal_carriers/
    but I think I could build one with cattle panels....what do you guys think? Any tips, plans, ideas.....
    thanks,
    Holly
     
  2. Spinner

    Spinner Well-Known Member

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    I've heard of it being done, even saw a picture once. I think they connected the panels with U-bolts if i remember correctly.
     

  3. ChickenMom

    ChickenMom Well-Known Member

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    We have one of those small chain link dog kennels that fits in the back of our truck that we use. When we aren't using it in the truck it is also used as a dog kennel, chicken tractor, breeding pen, kid pen, etc, etc, etc...
     
  4. cjb

    cjb Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I use a dog crate but friends built a wooden box that looked like cube shaped pallet.

    Either way, I feel like a redneck whenever I drive with a goat in the back of the truck. ;-)
     
  5. PlowGirl

    PlowGirl Well-Known Member

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    Holly,
    I have one similar to the picture. I got mine at Orscheln's farm store. I love the sliding door on it.

    They're not very heavy, even fully assembled. So, easy to move without disassembly.

    I think they're built too low and too short. If you've ever had to crawl in after a goat, you'd know what I mean. It's like trying to fit into a dog house. You also need to anchor these carriers, they will bounce out, I found. Luckily, it was empty at the time. Oh, but that sliding gate, the best part.

    If you could just get someone to make the gate, you could use your own panels and covering, and it would be a lot cheaper, and of course, customized for your particular wants/needs.
     
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    Forgot to mention, they also work great on the ground, as a kidding pen or playpen.
     
  7. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    we have always carried our goats in the back of the truck... if it is just a goat or 2, in the back of our minivan

    WE used cattle panels and moved our goats from CA to MO in the back of a truck... I would love to have a livestock trailer but dont see any possibility of that at all...

    Loading goats into the back of a truck is a whole lot easier than loading pigs :help:
     
  8. mtn.mama

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    Goats ride in the front of our truck or the backseat of the airplane, although I have also transported them in dog crates in the back of the truck. Our goats really like dog houses... But if you're trying to move several goats then stock panels should work, but I think I would wire a plywood top on it. My goats love to jump!
     
  9. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    What is it about goats that brings out the redneck engineering in all of us? :baby04: I've built hokey looking things for goats that I would NEVER do normally. :rolleyes:

    Don't you just love them?
     
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    I use the pick up all the time, but I have a cap on it.

    Ruth
     
  11. BlueHeronFarm

    BlueHeronFarm Well-Known Member

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    A homemade cattle panel cage should do the trick just fine.
    Our tempremental truck stopped working on a day we had to pick up a doe - we borrowed my MIL's Mercedes station wagon. (She was SUCH a good sport) I still laugh about it, as do the people we bought the goat from....but Kelly loved her limo ride to our farm. :)
     
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    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    I do hope you took pictures!
     
  13. Cygnet

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    I've transported pack goats in the back of my pickup in a homemade box made out of 2X4's and chain link. It's very sturdy and safe -- my goats are large and I had nightmares of them going out the window of a camper shell, and I don't care to transport them tied. (Too easy to get a leg over a tie.)

    One thing I'll recommend is, if you're dealing with LARGE goats, to teach them to jump up into the bed on a command. Mine is a tug at their collar and the word, "Hup!" It is very difficult to load a 200 pound goat into a pickup bed if the goat is actively resisting. Training helps. :)

    -- Also, at least in my area of the country, goats in the bed of a pickup generates quite a bit of reaction from other drivers. I've had people pull alongside taking photos. Had people yell offers to buy the goats at me from the next lane while driving 65mph down the highway. Drive defensively!

    I have also had a few attempts by people, for various reasons, to open the crate. Once it was an attempt to steal the goats, and once it was kids, and once it was someone who wanted to give them water because it was a 'hot day and there was no water in the cage' -- city woman, animal rights type person who was also offended by the idea of making the goats work. (The goats had just been given water, too.)

    So a lock is a good idea.
     
  14. holleegee

    holleegee Well-Known Member

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    another question. I've read that they should be covered because if they aren't they'll get pnumonia (sp?) from too much wind? Is that true?

    The trip will be 4-5 hours.

    My husband is worried about the truck getting scratched up, we have one of those rubber mats for the floor of the truck bed but he is worried about the wheel wells.
     
  15. m39fan

    m39fan Acres of Blessing Farm

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    We wondered about the health issues too. Looks like we won't have to worry about that now but we've seen both homemade crates and goats ring in the back of minivans (also works for Llamas - TALK ABOUT LOOKS!!!).

    Will be following this thread with interest!

    Take Care,
    Mike
     
  16. Jim S.

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    Bought my factory-made square tubing metal truckbed pocket goat panels at an farm auction, $120. No top. That was less than it would have cost me to build them with cattle panels. They are also nice as a pen in the barn. Got them before I snagged a 12-foot WW cattle trailer at another auction for $350.

    Auctions are good!

    No need to cover them unless it is cold or precipitating outside. Then a windbreak and roof is good.

    Alternative for a truck is just to get a cheap topper. That's how I carried my last 10 home, in my pickup with topper on it.

    I have also picked up a buck before where we just turned duck tape inside out and taped its feet together and laid it in the truck bed for a short trip. It was none the worse for wear.

    Farm truck is gonna get scratched up. :shrug: They were made to work.
     
  17. holleegee

    holleegee Well-Known Member

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    I agree but I DON"T want to be the one to make the first scratch ;)
     
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    Most of my goats(even LARGE bucks), travel long or short distances in a truck with an old campershell on it. Never a problem and I can transport in nasty cold weather just as well as in nice weather. Also have done the back of the mini-van on occaision. And old wooden stock racks work well for goats and calves.
    But my favorite is the campershell. By the way, old campershells with the end flap taken off, work very well as rain shelters in small kid pens. Just be sure to leave it on high ground and be sure its even. They love it and they can jump all over it. :)
     
  19. Sweet Goats

    Sweet Goats Cashmere goats

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    I also have a camper shell that I use ALL the time. What my husband did before we found the shell for $10.00, he had a "shell" and he had the legs of it go in the holes at the corners of the truck, and he put that rubber tape on the bottom of the wood so it did not scratch the truck. It woulked great. They will be just fine in the travel. I have lots of hay for them to eat, and if it is a long trip like that I give them Nutra drench for about 2 days twice a day to help any stress.
    Good Luck
     
  20. harplade

    harplade loving life on the farm

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    We made a cage with chain link fence panels (I think they are the things that are put next to a gate or to close up a small space). Anyway, they are 4 x 4-back, sides and top and some hinges to make the last one into a gate of sorts. It works great and as another poster mentioned, we've used it for so many other things on the ground. I like the size because my 11 year old and I can load it onto the truck. Never know when you get the urge to go get a gaot and the husband is not around!!!

    Harplade

    Oh, forgot, bought all the panels at a Habitat for Humanity store-about $60 for all and hardward.