Goats are herd animals. That means that you can’t have just one. Being prey animals, goats know there is safety in numbers. After all, it doesn’t matter how fast I can run if at least one other goat runs slower than me, she’ll get eaten instead of me! Maybe goats don’t actually think through it to that level, but they are definitely unhappy and insecure if they are alone. The goats in the above picture are in a half-acre pasture, but they are all sticking together in their herd. It isn’t any harder to take care of two or three goats than one goat, and one goat will forever be getting itself into trouble because it will be lonely and unhappy. It may walk around loudly calling for a friend, or it may turn into the world’s best escape artist, trying to find a goat friend. Although there have been a few single goat success stories, there is simply no good reason to try having a single goat. Remember, a lone goat is a lonely goat!
“Did you know” will appear every Monday through December to celebrate a fun goat fact in celebration of the publication of Raising Goats Naturally: A Complete Guide to Milk, Meat, and More
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