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Goats love to be busy! They're like toddlers who need to be entertained all day until it's time for bed -- and if you're new to goat life, there are a few things you'll want to do to create an area that will harbor a happy and active animal. Make sure you have a fence that is at least four feet high (although to be on the safe side, you might want to go up to six feet). Keep an area in their play pen that has adequate shelter from the rain, and have lots of space for them to climb and play. Like many farm animals, goats do get bored -- and they need adequate sources of entertainment for a happy farm life. Since goat toys are not necessarily on Target shelves, you'll need to improvise. Luckily, DIY goat toys are easy to make yourself and will provide days worth of fun for your goats. Here are 10 of the best goat toys for keeping goats busy.
Fun Finds for a DIY Goat Playground
1. Try Out an Exercise Ball
Reehut Exercise Ball - $16.99, Amazon
These exercise balls are cheap ways to provide entertainment for your goats -- and they're cheaper on Amazon than at other places. Your goat will enjoy pushing, jumping on, and playing with these simple toys.
2. A Fun Slide That's For Kids of All Species
Little Tikes Toddler Slides - $34.49, Amazon
Goats love climbing, and they'll love this slide, too. It has a 3-foot slide and is incredibly durable, so it'll last a long time.
3. Don't Stop at A Slide -- Try a Play Gym
Simplay Activity Climber - $149.99, Amazon
If you want to really create a fun space for your goats, try an activity climber in addition to a slide -- it's sure to be one of their favorite places to climb, it'll fit a few goats at once, and it's durable.
4. A Little Trampoline For Hours of Fun
Stamina Folding Mini Tramp0line - $49.99, Amazon
A miniature trampoline is a great way for goats to hop and play while expelling some energy. This small, foldable version is an affordable pick for your playpen.
5. A Decorative & Useful Straw Bale
FloraCraft Straw Bale - $33.99, Amazon
The more climbing toys you have for your cute animals, the better -- and this straw bale is an adorable and decorative option, too.
6. An Affordable Sub for Barrels
Best Choice Products, Set of Three Barrel Planters - $79.99, Amazon
Goats love barrels, but they can be a bit expensive and hard to acquire. Try these large planters instead -- just turn them upside down and let your goats play right on it.
7. A Seesaw Made for Dogs But Perfect for Goats
RelaxDays Wooden Pet Seesaw - $114.28, Amazon
This pet seesaw can hold up to about 100 pounds -- and it's made for dogs, but perfect for goats. Baby goats will get some excitement from this, and it will also help them learn agility and balance.
Baden Champion Series Tetherball Set - $67.99, Amazon
Watch the video below and you'll absolutely put this affordable and fun tetherball set in your Amazon cart. It comes with all you need for quick and easy set up.
9. A Step Stool They'll Love to Climb On
Spranster Foldable Step Stool - $16.99, Amazon
This step stool can hold up to 300 pounds! Your goat will be grateful for some extra help getting to the top of their new playground set. These are also a nice and cheap alternative to barrels that will also provide a lot of use in your pen.
10.A Little Pool for Fun in the Sun
Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pool - $26.99, Amazon
During summertime, your goats most likely want to cool off too. You could always fill up a small pool with cheap toys for extra fun! Dollar store finds are honestly the best! Dog toys can also come in handy to combat boredom, and this pool comes in a few different sizes and folds down.
Goats are also big fans of wooden spools and old tires -- so if your farm life needs a bit more excitement, you should go all out for your goats and give them the best goat playground. Keeping goats active will soon be one of your favorite farm life chores: we bet you could watch a goat go down a slide all day.
Do you have a goat pen full of toys or a DIY playground?
This post was originally published on July 29, 2019. It was updated with additional info by Alida Nugent.
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