|Phoebe Henry & Millie|
Can't They All Just Live Together?
(Guest Author - Phoebe Henry)
Lately I have been seeing many farm articles saying that goats and chickens should not live together. In fact many goat owners say they should not be put in the same barn. When I read this I was so surprised. I have grown up with chickens, goats, horses, dogs, and sheep living in peace. But then I thought, I guess this makes sense. That pesky chicken poop seems to be everywhere and lets face it, it’s smelly and hard to clean up.
Chickens always seem to be in your way and the little clucking noise can get very annoying when you hear it every day. Or if you are a person like me and just gets creeped out by the look of the animal. Still these are just small, annoying problems and I don’t understand what the big deal is about chickens and goats living together. If anything I think that the relationship between the goat and chicken is helpful.
I was watching my chickens and goats and I just could not wrap my head around what the big deal was. In fact I thought that maybe the chickens and goats shared the symbiotic relationship of commensalism. The goats drop their grain everywhere and then the chickens come up and eat it. So there you have it, a commensalistic relationship. The more I observed, the two animals could share a mutualistic relationship. The chickens eat the bugs that are buzzing around the goat's pen. The goats are saved from mosquitos and flies and the chickens get a tasty snack. I think that chickens and goats should live together at the very least for companionship. I know that my goats would be very lonely without their little chicken friend. I don’t think the chickens are causing any real problems. They are actually helping with the clean up by eating all the dropped grain. And who doesn’t like having to do less clean up? I think that chickens should be able to live with goats. Whether as a companion or to help keep the amount of bugs around your goats down. The animals seem to make a good match.