Goats have been domesticated by humans for centuries and there are a number of reasons for keeping these ruminants that go beyond mere economics. Anyone who has raised goats can attest that they are calming and will put a smile on your face. On top of that, the goats are just plain fun!
Hilling is inherent in their nature and they will playfully hit another goat and pinch each other. Goats are social animals and thrive best in herds and it is essential to stay with at least one other goat, so that they are never kept alone. However, bumping and biting humans should not be allowed and it is a good idea not to turn your back on a goat. Remember, this cute little kid will grow into an adult. They can then injure humans, especially if they still have horns. If you need to walk through a field of goats, take a piece of flexible piping with you and wave it around like you have a tail and that will mean they are more likely to leave you alone.
Watch the goats play and interact with each other and you will see that they love life. They even play games with each other and with you! If you provide them with tires and pallets in their outdoor space, they will play games such as “King-Of-The-Castle” together. They also like to play hide and seek with you, so it’s good to be with kids. Watching goats is great fun and they will make you laugh.
Goats need a lot of mental stimulation, and they will enjoy playing with toys such as tires on long, sturdy fine-link chains, large logs for standing and climbing, and large, sturdy balls, normally for children. horses. Also, by putting rubber horse mats on the floor, they will roll over to groom themselves. Goats are very curious and can engage in all kinds of mischief.
Goats are very intelligent creatures, great escapists and very agile. If there’s a way out, they’ll find it, especially if they don’t have anything to do all day except schedule a jailbreak. This includes chewing through the fence and stripping the bark from trees. Goats are herbivores and feed by grazing.
Goats can make excellent pets, especially for smallholders. You can play with them and they will show affection in their own way. This way, both your life and that of the goat will be better for each other’s company.
We have always made fun of goats and my favorite goat joke is:
“Why couldn’t the goat-run society be able to do anything?”
… “Everyone kept passing the ball!”
Interesting titbits on goats:
Goat Island was named because one of the first pioneers raised goats on the island, which is part of the Niagara Reservation State Park.
It is now possible for goats to produce silk proteins in their milk, and once refined, they produce a material like spider-spun silk, but spun it into a silk suitable for the fabric still proves difficult.