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Can i free range nigerian dwarfs if i get them? They would be supervised as they free range as i do with all my animals.
 

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I let mine 'free range' under direct supervision. Sometimes I'll clean stalls while they free range. I am never far and they aren't out of sight.

Many a time I've taken the gang on walks, sans leashes. They'll follow me wherever I go. It gives them a chance to run and play, plus eat whatever weeds and brush they want. I'll often find a nice place to sit and just watch them do their thing (often I end up with one or more trying to flop in my lap after they've filled up on browse).

Goats learn where home is. And if you keep a pocketful of treats (and give them said treats during their time out), they'll come running if you call them.

If any of my goats get startled, like by a bird flying up out of the grass, they run for home or me, whichever is closer.
 

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Same thing with my runner ducks they also stay close to the house and if they see a hawk they slowly come closer and closer to me or the coop.
 

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I used to let mine free range, but now I Have bucks and my mom is PISSED about all her plants that they ate LOL. I would call them in with grain a couple times a day just to keep tabs on them, took them a few times to learn to come hauling butt when I call!
 

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My goats are trained to an invisible fence system. I have it set up so it keeps them OUT of where I don't want them (garden, chicken coops, a loop around the house, etc). Otherwise they are homebodies and don't go far in their free ranging as there is A LOT for them to browse on around here. When I am not home they are kept in a secure pen to keep them safe and out of trouble. This has worked really well for us here and it only took a day to train them to it.
 
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