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Building A DIY Goat Playground

If you have goats, you’ve probably noticed that these guys are quite frisky and active. They also like to climb on things. Why not make your goat pen more fun and entertaining for Billy and his friends? There are quite a few things you can use to make your hooved pals a playground. This may be almost as entertaining for you as it is for your goats! Read on as a local Mt. Airy, MD vet offers some advice on creating a playground for your goats.

Cable Spools

Call your local utilities company, and see if they have any of those huge wooden spools used for cables. You may even be able to get them for free!

Stairs

Often, when people replace outdoor stairs, they get rid of the old ones for little or nothing. Keep an eye on local websites and newspaper classified ads for these.

Tractor Tires

Big tires from tractors or large trucks can be lots of fun for goats! Bury the bottom portion, so it will stay upright. You can get several, and create ‘bridges’ between them out of large planks of wood.

Old Furniture

Old tables are often quite cheap to come by, especially if you keep checking yard sales, thrift stores, and online ads. Bury the legs in the ground, to make it a bit sturdier.

Children’s Playsets

Used slides and teeter-totters can find new life in your goat yard. Keep an eye out for inexpensive used ones.

Pallets

Pallets are the kings of the DIY world. It’s incredible how many things you can do with them! You can make quite a few different items for your goats. Stack them into pyramids, or make bridges out of them. Or, attach a few together, and make ‘tables’ out of them for Billy to stand on.

Tips

Always put safety first. Before putting anything in your goat pen, check for anything that could cause injuries. Sharp and/or protruding pieces, such as splinters and exposed nails or screws, are one concern. If you use pallets, you may also need to stack or reinforce them so that the spaces between individual boards are eliminated. You’ll also want to inspect your goat playground regularly.

Do you have questions or concerns about caring for your goats? Please reach out to us anytime. As your local Mt. Airy, MD animal clinic, we are here to help!

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