The usual and common issue of livestock owners, farmers and pet owners for goats would be the space consumption or required by the animal. Knowing that there are a lot of breeds varying from small to large, does each of them have different are needs? Let’s put our thoughts with Nigerian dwarf goats. How much space do Nigerian dwarf goats need? Will this affect their growth, productivity, and health? These concerns relating to space often times get us wondering if we can afford to raise and grow goats with a limited amount of space we have.
Fortunately, all or most goats do not differ much from each other when it comes to space. Regardless of their breed, small to large breeds, milk, meat or fiber breeds, the space consumption are the same with the average measurement. In addition, goats are tough, flexible and highly resilient animals. They can get through harsh conditions and situations, survive at the least resource and strive to adapt to the changes in their environment. This is the reason why goats are always a good choice for farm, poultry and livestock animals. Adding to that, they are also a good choice for pets due to their interactive and friendly traits.
How Much Space Do Nigerian Dwarf Goats Need?
It really does not matter what breed of goat, it may be Nigerian dwarf, Pygmy, LaMancha or other large breeds, the size advisable but not necessarily required is about 200 square feet per goat. Some people utilize the space where 200 square feet can be used by a pair, meaning two goats. This is just an average estimate for efficiently raising and growing goats within livestock and farming animals.
Another concern would be with pet owners. 200 square feet is a land area which is not available within or near the city. Like we’ve previously said before, goats are quite flexible and tough. Regardless of the space given, they can strive to survive. However, it will greatly affect their growth rate and productivity. But that’s not an issue with pet owners. They do not have the need to grow a goat at a faster rate nor have any issues with minimal production of milk, meat or fiber. All they want is to establish a relationship and affection where they can live in harmony and happiness with their pet goat.
Just for some cuteness and fun, below is a short video of a cute baby goat pet:
Furthermore, a pet goat can usually survive within homes with no partners. Even though they’d get lonely and depress, they can easily adjust with the environment and live alongside humans happily. That’s one of the great things about goats. Although you need to extend your love and patience as you grow and train the pet. Besides their loving and adorable traits, there are some behaviors that can lead to stress and frustrations if left untamed. Such behaviors include excessive biting, chewing, indoor urination and potty. Not to mention that sometimes, excessive chewing and biting can lead to serious home damage such as torn wires or cables, damage furniture and more.
Nigerian dwarf goats are just one of the few breeds of goats that require space for efficient growth and productivity. There are other milk breeds that require the same space for optimum production of milk as well as meat and fiber. These are just space required for goat livestock and farming animals.
Pets, on the other hand, can still adjust to the space given within your home. The only thing they would require you is shed, shelter, protection from predators and other wild animals and a few spaces where they can move around and perform their activities.