Pygmy goats are among the most diminutive members of the barnyard livestock group. The goats also have a reputation for escaping from enclosures and fences. Any fence built for pygmy goats must not only prevent their escape but also prevent predators and neighbourhood dogs from entering the area. Built by homeowners or small-scale farmers, fences for pygmy goats require basic fence-building tools and skills.
Plan out the location of the pygmy goat fence. Commonly small pens about 9 metres (30 feet) square are used for housing up to four goats. Place stakes at the planned corners of the enclosure.
Dig post holes at the corners and every 3 metres (10 feet) between the corners. Add gateposts on each side of the planned gate. Dig post holes about 90 cm (3 feet) deep for use with 2.4-metre (8-foot) tall fence posts. Place the posts in the holes and tamp dirt around the posts while holding them vertically straight.
Attach the fencing wire to a corner post. Use a chain-link fence or a wire mesh fence. Common wire mesh fences have openings of 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inches) or 10 by 10 cm (4 by 4 inches). Either will keep the goats in. Woven or mesh wire is available in 1.2 or 1.5 metre (4 or 5 foot) heights. Either fence will contain pygmy goats but the higher fence will prevent dogs or wild predators from jumping the fence to harass or harm the goats.
Stretch the wire to the next corner post using a fence or wire stretcher. Fasten the mesh wire to the posts using 4-cm (1.5-inch) fencing staples.
Hang the gate between the gateposts.
Lower fences can be used between two pastures within the pygmy goat enclosure. The higher fences are meant to prevent dogs from entering the area. A goat farmer could use the taller fences on the perimeter while using shorter fences between goat enclosures.
Things you need
- Carpenter's string
- Post-hole auger
- 2.4-metre (8-foot) posts
- Chain-link or wire mesh fencing
- Fence stretcher
- 4-cm (1.5-inch) fencing staples