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I'm moving and barn area is fenced with barb wire. Is this a problem for my goats? Right now they have electric fencing.
 

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Goats like to lean on and walk along the fence to scratch their bodies. They can easily get out through the wires too. Predators can easily squeeze in also.
 

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Given the ULTIMATE choice I would never have barbed wire on my property. It is ineffective to cows, horses, and if/when they do finally get caught up in it something usually needs to be euthanized.

IMO goats need hog panels or hotwire or a solid structure to keep them in and vice versus keep predators out.
 

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Ok, thank you. I have electrical and woven wire now. I will have to alter the fence than. Won't take any chances
 

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Ok, thank you. I have electrical and woven wire now. I will have to alter the fence than. Won't take any chances
Great, it can sure tear up a goat or any livestock or that matter.
 

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I guess I'm the odd ball here but when I first started I used 5 strand hot barbed wire and it worked great!
 

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Electric barb wire? Never heard of that before.
Really? That's odd. We use it on cattle all the time. T posts and plastic insulators.
 

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Electric barb wire? Never heard of that before.
In some states that is illegal (I think Washington is one of them); because the old electric fencers use to have a continuous run of electricity and if something got stuck on the fence (because of the barbs) they got FRIED!
 

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I was really excited when I looked at new home to allow goats a larger fenced area, but its barb wire. So I will work slowly at increasing the pasture size with safer fencing. May take a while to use entire area due to finances, but it will get done- thank you all for your input.
 

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My goats are behind an 8 strand barb wire fence. They can't get out and don't mess with the fence. Nothing can get in either. Our cows are also behind a barb wire fence and they respect it.

If you really want to have them on the whole area you could put up a couple strands of electric fence to keep them away from the barb wire.
 

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Yes, I thought that might work. As long as it sticks farther inward so they don't touch the barb wire lines. I guess I'd like to allow them as much area as possible, keeping safety first tho.
 

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My goats are behind an 8 strand barb wire fence. They can't get out and don't mess with the fence. Nothing can get in either. Our cows are also behind a barb wire fence and they respect it.

If you really want to have them on the whole area you could put up a couple strands of electric fence to keep them away from the barb wire.
How many inches apart are the wires on your 8 strand fence? I've got around 70 acres fenced with five strand barb wire. I'd like to make it all goat proof.
 
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