Both goats and sheep are member of Bovidae family and Caprinae subfamily. Remember that goats can also be prey to larger predators so it’s not foolproof. It really depends on the goats themselves. But that doesn’t mean the goat knows that! A final, often overlooked benefit to raising goats and ducks together is that they have very different parasites, so will not generally pass parasites to each other. I just love getting to work only to find that my hands stink of male goat! After a couple of weeks, I was able to get a goat house put together and move the goats out to our field, but there were a few things that I noticed about keeping chickens and goats together. This will be true with all animals and raising systems. Hay, and/or grass and roughage should make up the majority of a wether's diet. The most important consideration is that of feeding. This article will go over the advantages and dangers that can exist. Believe, me you won't need to sniff them closely if they stink! Apple Cider Vinegar can be added to the water. Wethers don't stink at all. The ideal time to castrate a goat is when he is 8 to 12 weeks old. BestFarmAnimals is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies. Raising different types of animals together is usually a great idea, since both animals can benefit! I do not recommend that pet wethers get grain. For wethers, we like to make sure that ammonium chloride is added to their minerals, as an additional preventative … We copper bolus as needed. It’s an internal parasite that affects both mammals and birds. We also raise all sorts of poultry and we definitely have quite a few ducks. Rest assured, the ducks will find that water and when they do, you’ll need to change it. If a four-legged predator is unfortunate enough to try to tunnel into a coop that is shared with goats, they will rather surprised by the animal they are likely to meet at the end of this tunnel. The feed is always available, free choice to the kids.eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'familyfarmlivestock_com-box-4','ezslot_9',106,'0','0'])); Adult goats will be fast enough eating the feed to beat out the ducks, kids will not. If you are not familiar with the term: Creep feeding is making feed available to younger goats, but not older/bigger goats. I moved out to the country 3 years ago, mainly so I could have more land. From goat food to a watering bucket or trough, chickens will just let it fly. That’s because Coccidia is host-specific. A goat kid of either sex can be fertile at 7 weeks of age (though they should not be bred at that age). eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'familyfarmlivestock_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_6',104,'0','0'])); That’s it, really just two areas that we need to keep in mind to successfully raise goats and ducks together! By keeping goats and chickens in the same building or barn, you will find that the presence of the goats will help to prevent predators from attempting an attack. One of those is salmonella, which can be a real risk anytime you keep chickens, for both humans and goats. Birthing, Weaning, and Raising Young Sheep. Goats can help protect your chickens from predators, both on the ground and in the air.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'bestfarmanimals_com-box-4','ezslot_7',112,'0','0'])); During the day, birds will be less likely to go after a protected chicken, and at night just the goat’s bleating can scare off the bigger ones. Common terms for goat genders: Buck- male goat, Doe- female goat, wether- castrated male. Check out how your goats and your ducks are getting along together. eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'bestfarmanimals_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_5',111,'0','0'])); The hay that a goat may sleep on can get messy with goat excrement very quickly. I have read a few articles that said this should be possible but I wanted to check in and get some first hand experiences. For wethers, we like to make sure that ammonium chloride is added to their minerals, as an additional preventative for urinary stones. For wethers, we like to make sure that ammonium chloride is added to their minerals, as an additional preventative for urinary stones. And since parasites are species specific, those goat parasites do not infect the duck, they are just a snack. Plus we have dairy goats, which need to come into the barn for nightly milking. We have lots more on the site to show you. It would have to be different strains. I currently have the herd on an acre with a 30x40 sized "Holding Area" fenced off in one corner. Any feed left over is more than they need. If the ducks are messing in the goat feed, you are giving the goats too much feed! eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'bestfarmanimals_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_10',114,'0','0'])); They bleat and bleat and bleat. I'm going to the humane society farm on Saturday to look at 2 brothers (wethers). That’s duck feed, not goat feed! For the ducks nesting and raising ducklings, give her space. Goats and sheep can be raised together, as long as the goats are disbudded and the sheep are polled. While it doesn’t usually harm the chicken, it can be deadly to mammals. It is never a good idea to just have one goat, you need at a minimum two goats. When we’re taking ducks, dirty could be actual dirt or manure, they love to dibble around in both!eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'familyfarmlivestock_com-banner-1','ezslot_10',107,'0','0'])); Once again, the easy fix here is to keep the ducks out of the goat water. Raising goats and sheep together requires special care and consideration. Now that we have discussed some of the advantages of goats and chickens living together let’s look at some of the downsides as there are a few. Very doable if you have taller breed goats, like dairy goats or any cross that has longer legs.