Environment for goats kept as pets
- Goats need plenty of space and suitable facilities to allow them to browse, exercise, climb, investigate, explore and play in safety.
- Their environment needs to be clean, comfortable, offer suitable protection and be interesting.
- Goats cannot tolerate wet conditions and will always try to seek out a dry shelter in bad weather.
- Goats are inquisitive animals whose curiosity can result in accidents and/or injury. Safety must be considered in terms of the design of buildings, doors, gates and fences.
- Goats need 24 hours-a-day access to housing, whatever the season.
- The house and everything inside should be cleaned frequently and disinfected to remove parasites.
- be warm, dry, draught-free and well-ventilated
- be of sufficient size, suitable construction and contain suitable facilities
- allow all goats to rest and feed comfortably
- allow the owner to inspect, handle and manage goats easily
- Allow at least 2.0 to 2.5 square metres of space per goat.
- Goats need exercise and require access to a fenced area.
- Care should be taken that the area does not contain hazards such as poisonous plants.
- Fields and paddocks must be effectively fenced, as goats are very good at escaping.
- be well maintained and provide protection against wild animals
- be very strong, safe and durable
- high and secure enough to prevent the goats escaping
- be of a type that ensures goats cannot become trapped/injured.
- Goats must not be tethered.
- There is a danger that tethered goats might become tangled/strangled and they cannot escape from bad weather /dogs / children, etc.
- Goats need to be kept in a secure fenced area.
For more information on keeping goats download our booklet: An introduction to goat welfare and ownership (PDF 1.1MB).