How many square feet of space does a goat need inside a barn? Also, How many...

Asked October 12, 2016, 4:15 PM EDT

How many square feet of space does a goat need inside a barn? Also, How many goats can I put on an acre of land.

Lenawee County Michigan

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Mother Earth news is pretty reliable for this kind of info – article: “Depends on whether or not you plan to breed them. They say A 4-foot by 9-foot (1.2 by 2.7 m) stall is ample space for a goat and her kids, providing they have access to a yard. Two does need about 70 square feet (6.5 sq m) of housing space. Your goats' housing should be connected to securely fenced outdoor space as large or small as you can accommodate.” http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/raising-sheep-goats/raising-goats-backyard... . If you are not breeding, the rule of thumb is 10 to15 square feet per adult standard-sized goat inside your barn. This presumes that you have a larger outdoor area in which to raise your goats. If they have pasture, woods, or range, you need less indoor space per goat because they only rest and sleep there. AS for how many goats per acre – this depends on the quality of the grass. Poor ground may support 2-4 goats per acre while better pasture may be able to support 6-8 goats per acre.