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Building a DIY Goat Playground

Do you have goats? Goats are very interesting animals. As you’ve probably noticed, they’re also lots of fun to watch! One way to ramp up the entertainment factor for both you and your furry pals is to build a DIY goat playground. Goats love climbing and exploring, and are generally much happier when they have options for doing both. A local Flatwoods, KY vet offers tips on how to do that below.

Tires

Large tires, such as those used on trucks or tractors, can have a wonderful retirement as goat toys. Just be sure to clean them thoroughly, to remove any oil or residue. Then, bury them so that just over half is sticking out of the ground. Or, fill them with dirt, put them on their sides, and make a pyramid. Just make sure your goats don’t try to eat the tires.

Old Furniture

Thrift stores and yard sales can be a gold mine for goat owners! A secondhand table, end table, or coffee tables can make a great goat perch. Just bury the legs in the ground to stabilize it.

Old Stairways

Keep an eye on local ‘free and cheap’ listings. Old staircases and doors sometimes pop up, as people often donate their old ones after making renovations.

Playground Items

A child’s slide can be lots of fun for Billy! Goats also love playing on teeter-totters. You can even offer your hooved pal a little trampoline! Look for used items, or upcycle ones your children have outgrown.

Pallets

There is no end to the list of things you can do with pallets! With a little elbow grease, you can turn old pallets into a unique centerpiece for your goats, like a staircase or pyramid. Just be sure to cover any holes between boards, so Billy can’t hurt himself.

Tips

These are just a few things you can add to your goat pen. Other options include large wooden cable spools, ramps, big logs, and old picnic tables, to name just a few. Just be sure to put safety first. Choose only nontoxic, sturdy items, and make sure there aren’t any nails, screws, or splinters sticking out. Also, make sure the items are well secured, so they won’t wobble. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions or concerns about your goat’s health or care? Contact us, your Flatwoods, KY animal clinic, today!

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