I would like to keep my meat birds ( Mitral Gris ) in the same enclosure as two young mini goats. I'm a little worried about the chickens being stepped on my the goats and getting injured and keeping the goats out of the chickenfeed. There would be 60 chickens and 2 mini goats in a 1/2 acre. The mini goats would also be moved to other areas and would only me there during the day.
Do you have any concerns, comments, or recommendations?
- I imagine the goats would not be eating any of the grass/clovers if the chickens had pooped on them before. I can picture goats turning their noses up:) Any chance the goats can go in before the chickens go into the paddock. That way they can get the clean grass/forage before the chickens had gotten into them? Being that the goats are bigger the chickens would naturally follow them (i would guess based off of my joel salatin readings...)
- I see no issue with the chickens getting stepped on. Have you tried to step on a chicken? haha
- It seems essential, to keep the chicken feed area, goat free.
- You might need to have separate water for the goats. I am used to chickens getting into everything.
- I imagine if you are going to feed the goats hay in with the chickens the chickens would roost in the hay feeder. Preventing the goats from eating the hay.
- The chickens will most likely keep the goat parasites in that paddock at bay which would be great :)
I am not sure what your system is. If you could let the goats into the new paddock for about 2 weeks or less(depending on available forage). Than let the chickens into it while you let the goats into a new paddock. Chickens can than scratch the goat poop up and distribute it.
We keep about 30 laying hens with our 6 goats, 2 are full size and the others are kids ranging in age from 1-3 months. We have yet to lose a chicken or goat :) We did have to make the door/entrance to the chicken coop smaller to keep the goats out of the feed. Other than that they are good.
Such adorable kids!
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