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Old 10-05-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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Where are your buck pens located and how are the designed? I may be getting a ND buck. I have 2 pastures for my girls, but nothing for a buck yet. The neighbor wants to give me a few fiberglass wind things that go on semis. That would work as a shelter for him, but how big should his pen be, can I have his pen share a fence line with my girls? Any pics of layout would be great. He'll be my only buck right now. do I need something to run with him or can I just put a pregnant doe in with him to keep him happy or can he be alone as long as he is near other goats? He's small, but will they be sneaky? I don't want to be chasing him around the world!



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Old 10-05-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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I can't really envision the wind things so I won't comment on that but I will say that you definitely do not want a shared fence line. I hear about goats breeding through the fence all of the time. You'll want a fence that is tall and sturdy--goat/cattle pannels work best. He will be happiest if he has a buddy--either another buck or a wether.



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Old 10-05-2010, 06:58 PM   #3
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We have a shared fence line BUT...

The hole size on the fence is about 3" squares, and it is 6' tall, - and much sturdier than the perimeter fence (4' tall and 6" square openings). And it has hot wire along it so he won't rub on it or get out.

The reason is we run both sides of the pasture into the shared barn area. The fence runs in there also but they can all share body heat and be fed at the same time.

And he can see his girls and not freak. He's very protective. Plus I know when they are in heat, they wag their hineys at the fence and drive him crazy lol. Yes its mean.

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Old 10-05-2010, 07:01 PM   #4
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I guess they are called Cab Mounts. They are fiberglass and the other end is open. They are like little goat caves.

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Polarhug - Do you just have the one buck? I was thinking of running electric down the inside to keep him off the fence. Right now we have horse fence up, which is fine for the girls and the buck I'm housing right now (He's a Boer), a ND would be able about to crawl right through!

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Old 10-05-2010, 08:01 PM   #6
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My buck pen is probably 40? feet away from my doe pen. I used metal poles (can be bought from tractor supply), and wielded wire (also from tractor supply). This cost about $150, and it's 1/4 of an acre, perhaps more. Fo shelter I bough an extra large, super durable tarp. Which I tied around a round-bale feeder ( We took it apart, laid the two sides to make arches, and then put the tarp over it), my bucks do just fine in that. They've lived in it for about 5 months now. Just a cheap suggestion ;]. Getting the wire up was hard, though.

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Old 10-05-2010, 08:01 PM   #7
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:40 PM   #8
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Currently we have only one boer/nubian buck.

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I have goat panels...similar to feedlot or cattle panels but have smaller squares....I have 3 boys in an approximate 45x50 pen with access to an electric fenced pasture. One side of the panel pen is shared with the does, haven't had a breed through yet and their house is a "L" shaped section of the barn, one area is 4x8 extending to a back "stall" that is 4x6.

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My bucks have ; one for winter (small)
Breeding Pen (for one buck and 2-3 does)
Summer (large and spacious)

They share a fenceline in the winter and during breeding so I can tell heat cycles



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