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Could I keep a trio of angora goats (or another fiber animal) in this space?

 
Erin McAndrews
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What is everyone's opinion on keeping a trio of angora goats in this space? It's about a half acre.

I know I'll have to improve the fence, but otherwise, do you think they'll have enough space without turning the area into a mud pit? I also have chickens and two Indian runner ducks in this area...would it be a problem to share?

If angoras won't work, could someone suggest another fiber animal that might? Would there be any benefit to trying pygoras instead of the full-size angoras?

Thanks for any input. We have 10 more acres we hope to convert to pasture in the coming years, but I want a small herd to start learning about them now, if possible.
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Half acre is about a 100x100 foot area, they should be fine, mine are on 50x50 ft and there are two small mud spots, In front of the barn door from in and out traffic, and in the spot they stand and watch me work.

I suggest letting them out to browse around occasionally, goats don't mow grass like sheep, they prefer the brushy bits.

Mine are 3 angoras too so it's a one to one....
 
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Careful about coccidiosis as the chickens may have loaded your land with the cocci......

Pygoras tend to be slightly more hearty, but full size should be fine too.....
 
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meningeal Worm is a concern where we are, it is carried by deer, and needs slugs to complete its lifecycle....unfourtunately the drugs that control it are off label for goats, meaning they are intended for other livestock. So I would consult a vet about treatment and prevention.

 
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Thanks for the input, guys. I think I should do more research about goats and poultry sharing space. Do you know if sheep would be affected by the same issues?

I'd hope we wouldn't have too many issues with cocci, since we only ever lost one to this (right after she came from a hatchery) and they have such a large area to to forage. As you can see in the picture, they don't really respect the fence, so they end up free ranging over way more than their half acre. However, if I were to improve the fence to contain goats, it would also confine the chickens, so I have to keep their space-sharing in mind. Is there anything that can be done to mitigate the effects of cocci, other than just dosing them with Corrid regularly (if that would even be recommended)?

Also, John, thanks for the tip about the worms. Good to know that it can be treated though.

I'm in southern PA, between York and Baltimore, if that matters for anything else.
 
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I'm in western PA, we are in fact in M worm country, so that's that

M worms and cocci are able to affect sheep also, but it's not as scary as it sounds if you know what to do.

Goats get a tolerance to cocci over their lives, mostly get trouble in high stress times like weaning, travel, etc

Having meds on hand is important, and makes all the difference.

M worm is easy to do preventative measures for, again just being aware and having the right meds.

There are several goat forums that have vet techs and really well experienced people there all the time, it would be worth joining one to learn and for if you have an issue, because they are all goat focused answers come fast and reliable info is shared. I am on two, both have very trustworthy help available, fast.
 
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half an acre is 100ft X 200ft. So that is enough space for them. Do rotational grazing so that the grass has 30days between grazing. Look into electric fence/netting. It is relatively cheap and also portable perfect for rotational grazing.
 
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Thanks for the help on the math there S! I don't know what I was thinking! Hahahahaha
 
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You don't need to worry about Coccidia as they are species specific so the goats will not be affected by Coccidia from the poultry and vice versa. The main issue that you will have is keeping the goats away from the poultry feed (as they can suffer from bloat if they gorge on the hen food) and stopping them from jumping all over your hen house.
 
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