Scratching Post

Discussion in 'Goats' started by JA in WA, Sep 4, 2005.

  1. JA in WA

    JA in WA Member

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    My goats rub against the fence and the barn mostly when I'm next to them. Otherwise they are poking their heads throught to get to the other side. My question is, I know that cattle will use a scratch post but will goats? Does anyone out there have goats that use an old cattle duster scratch post?
     
  2. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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    funny you should ask, i am getting supplys togeather to make a scratcher for them. im gonna use old shelving, which is going to have wooden dowels sticking out of it. then im going to mount it somehow to a tree or thier shed.
     

  3. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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    I've seen a suggestion to use old, rough doormats, nailed to a strong wooden fence, or the side of the barn, because they like to rub down the length of things (yeah, like fences!)

    One of mine has found a nail head sticking out on the side of the barn, and uses it as a face scratcher. I was gonna pound it in, but she uses it every day, so I left it for her.

    Meg
     
  4. westbrook

    westbrook In Remembrance

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    there always has to be at least one far fetched suggestion.. so I am gonna be the one!

    ever seen a street sweeper? of course you have.. well from time to time those huge sweepers have to be replaced (rumor had it they throw them away)... I saw one once used for goats and they loved it! Pretty easy to mount.. put a pole in the ground and a huge screw and it is mounted. :D
     
  5. Ellie5

    Ellie5 Well-Known Member

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    Mine were rubbing agains the fence too. That stopped when I placed a rather large rock in their pasture for them to play on. Now they rub against that instead of the fence.
     
  6. goatchops

    goatchops Well-Known Member

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    well, my kinder and alpine i used to have(i moved so i had to sell themTT) liked rubbing against logs and such.