Have you recently taken the plunge into keeping goats? Goats are quite fun to have around. They will definitely keep you smiling with their mischievous antics. They also absolutely love climbing things. One surefire way to keep Billy and his buddies entertained? Make them a playground! A Wichita, KS vet offers some tips on this below. 

Playground Items

Used playground items can make great goat pen additions. It’s always adorable seeing Billy playing on slides! Picnic tables, trampolines, and even ramps all work. 

Used Stairways

These are perfect goatcessories. Keep an eye on the free and cheap listings. Many people give away their old stairs after making renovations. 

Pallets

Pallets have become the go-to item for many DIY hobbyists. People have made everything from decks to coffee tables from them. You can turn them into goat bridges, mountains, or staircases. Just be prepared to put some elbow grease in. You’ll need to rebuild them to ensure that the gaps have been sealed. Otherwise, Billy could get caught in the holes between boards. 

Tires

Big tires, such as the ones you would find on a truck or tractor, are great for this. Give them a good power wash first, to get rid of any fuel or oil residue. These work really well when buried. Sink them into the ground so that about half of the tire is sticking up. Pack the dirt in around it really well. You can arrange these in different shapes, so your goats can hop from one to another. Or, put them on their sides, fill them with dirt, and make a pyramid. 

Cable Spools

Check with your local utility company, and ask if they have any large wooden cable spools available. These are bound to be a hit!

Old Furniture

Lawn sales and secondhand stores are great sources for these. Many things no one wants anymore can get a great final retirement as goat accessories. For instance, get an old table, and sink the legs into the ground for an easy goatstand. 

Tips

Always put Billy’s safety first. Inspect items before putting them in your goat yard, and make sure there aren’t any nails or screws sticking out. Also, look for sharp splinters and rotted spots that could collapse. You don’t want any injuries: that would be very baaaaaad! 

Contact us, your Wichita, KS animal hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!