Keeping your goats entertained is crucial! A goat playground will provide your goats with exercise, while stimulating their minds and keeping them content. Safety comes first when creating a goat playground. Avoid any equipment that could hurt your goats in any way. For this reason, playground equipment made for children 2 years old and younger often works well for goats. Goats will entertain themselves for hours with everyday discards, so the cost of creating a goat playground can be relatively low!
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Install fencing around your playground that is at least 5-feet high. Fencing will keep the goats in and keep out any unwanted visitors or predators. Avoid using barbed wire, which can injure your goats.
Plant trees in the enclosure to provide goats with shade. Your goats will try to eat the leaves, so ensure the trees have enough branches and leaves out of the goats' reach. Consider barberry bushes, which have leaves close to the ground that your goats will eat, but which also have substantial foliage above the goats' reach.
Be creative with your goats' toys. They will likely enjoy a large pile of rocks on which to climb, tires on which they can jump, and recycled plastic drums, which they can use as a tunnel.
Put some grain in a recycled milk jug, and give it to your goat. Your goat will spend hours jumping on the jug, throwing it, twisting it, all in attempts to get the grain.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid all safety hazards. If using recycled plastic drums, for instance, ensure the drums do not contain toxic chemicals. Avoid any equipment that can potentially fall on the goat and pin it, and avoid toys such as small buckets or cans, in which goats can get their heads stuck. If keeping a collar on your goats when they are unsupervised, make sure the collar has a breakable link so as to prevent your goats from choking if they jump and the collar gets caught.
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