Goats/Goats on Rocks


Hi there, we are purchasing a new house with an acre lot, half of which is a rocky hill (not steep, but rocky with limited grass), is that an okay surface for goats to jump around on? We would build a shelter and flat surface as well, but majority would be rock.

Thank you.

HI Carmen:
It all depends on how  big the rocks are and if there is some chance they will be able to use them to jump over fencing.  Are these big rocks or boulders?  Goats Love to climb, of course like children they will always have to be watched for accidents - but as long as they have ample space to lay down and just wander around, things should be fine. I personally have things set up so nothing blocks my view from my house to the goats- so IF someone gets into trouble I can do a quick look from the window and see  what is going on - before I am out the door every time someone hollers.  This has been my concern for 23+ years. Goats LOVE to climb  on rocks and it can help keep the hooves  from having to be trimmed so often. Sounds like a potential goat haven.  Just remember not all goats are  as agile as folks may thing and they could fall. They are like children and must be  kept an eye on.. for a variety of reasons. :)  


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