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Fill out our inquiry form

Please understand that due to a high volume, to keep inquiries organized, we do not do handle inquiries over the phone, and will only provide an estimate once steps 1 and 2 are completed. If you are uncertain if renting goats is right for you, we highly recommend reading the FAQ below, as it answers most of our commonly asked questions.

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Email us photos

Please send photos of your property to redwagongoats@gmail.com with your property address in the subject line. Give us some variety — a close up view of what type of foliage, a panned out view or panorama of the full area, as well as photos of the perimeters or fencing (especially any complications along the fencing, such as down trees, stacked wood, gaps, etc). You're also welcome to send video! Due to high volume of inquiries, we no longer offer in-person inquiries. The accuracy of our estimate relies on the thoroughness of your photos. Once we are contracted for the job and arrive with the goats, if we find that there is a significant amount that was not disclosed via photo, we will provide an updated estimate for your approval prior to starting.

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Wait for your estimate

Please allow 1-2 weeks for us to review your photos and inquiry and to prepare an estimate. Once you’ve received your estimate, if you accept, we will send over a contract and you will be in queue. Your estimate will include a range, the lower typically reflects amount of days for goats to tame an area, with the higher end reflecting more thorough clearing.

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You’re in queue!

We are typically on a waitlist between 2 weeks to 2 months depending on season. Once you accept, you’ll be added to our queue, and we’ll give you an approximation on arrival. With all jobs, we allow the goats to stay until the job is done, according to the homeowner’s satisfaction and budget. That said, we cannot promise an exact ETA for the goats, but will keep you informed as you make your way to the top of the list.


Who is a good candidate for land clearing?

  • Residential, commercial and rural land that is overgrown

  • Land that is covered in unwanted brush, weeds, leaves, invasive species, english ivy, poison ivy, poison sumac and kudzu

  • Properties that are not landscaped or have valuable plants on them — the goats like almost anything that grows and can't tell the difference between a weed and an expensive plant. You may try to protect desired shrubs with stakes and wire fencing, but we cannot guarantee the safety landscaping enclosed with the goats

  • Land that has not recently been sprayed with chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers

  • Land that is not abundant with azaleas, rhododendrons, nandina or other toxic species (although we can remove prior to the goats arrival, or build electric fencing around it as a workaround)

  • A fence is great but not required. For anyone with a fence shorter than 4-5 feet, we will install electric fencing

  • People looking to keep themselves, their children, pets and garden safe from harmful chemicals


FAQ

FAQ

Is there a minimum or maximum amount of land?

There is no minimum or maximum amount of land we require, however with very large plots of land, we will rotate in sections. 

Do you come to my area?

We service most of Metro Atlanta. We will typically travel up to one hour from Decatur.  

Do I need to have a fence?

You'll save money if you have a tight fence over 5 feet, but it is not necessary, as we will provide portable electric fencing. Make sure you include DETAILED photos of your fencing in your email. We need to know if there are areas with trees down on fencing, broken fencing, gaps, rotted or loose boards, piles near fencing (like piles of logs) that the goats could climb, or areas where the ground elevates closer to the top of the fencing.

Is the clearing permanent?

Ivy, kudzu, and other weeds are persistent and will likely take several visits to shock the plants enough to stop photosynthesis and kill the plant. The good news is that the first visit is often clearing years of growth and is therefore the biggest — where subsequent maintenance visits tend to be less involved. We also offer landscaping solutions to help prevent the growth of invasive species. 

Once the goats have done their job, your yard will be much easier to finish by hand. Pulling bare vines of ivy, lopping a de-leafed privet sprout, it all gets easier once the goats tame the jungle. Follow up work by hand is a great way to keep certain undesirable plants from coming back, and when the goats have done their thing, you're much less likely to encounter snakes and vermin back there. If you do your follow up clearing and plant replacement ground cover, one visit may suffice.

Are the goats friendly? Can we play with them?

In general our goats are very friendly and most of our customers love hanging out with them. Some of our larger bucks with bigger horns can get aggressive towards the other goats during meal time (of supplemental feed), so it's never a good idea to try to stand right up close when they're eating (as with most animals.) We definitely encourage back deck barbecues and dinner parties so you and your friends can observe the goats. As far as going inside their enclosure to be with them, you are welcome to do so and we have had no problems thus far, but it is "enter at your own risk." Please heavily supervise children around goats, as they are often eye-level with horns, so even an innocuous head turn could hurt them. 

Can I host a goat yoga party while I have the goats rented?

Absolutely! In fact this is the BEST time to do a goat yoga party because there is no set up fee for the event. We only ask that if you do a goat yoga party with them that you use us so we can be present in facilitating the interactions between the animals and guests. 

Will the goats mow my yard?

Goats are considered browsers, unlike sheep and cows who are grazers. Browsers love to eat things at eye level, and will even stand up on their hind legs to reach ivy growing up trees. While they will eat some ground cover, they are more effective at clearing out overgrowth and vines than grass.  

I've heard goats will eat anything?

While our goats aren't known for eating soda cans like the urban legends say, they will eat just about every growing plant. This is why it's really important for us to know about any toxic plants on the land or any landscaping that you want protected from them.   

What will I need to do to care for the goats?

You will responsible for keeping them supplied with clean water. Hose water is fine, it's just nice to rinse out the container between refills. We may leave an extra bale of hay with you and ask you to put it in their enclosure after we leave. Other than that, just a daily head count, keeping an eye out for symptoms of illness (we'll provide a list) and making sure their fence is still secure is all there is. 

How long does it take?

Depending on the size of your lot, we will either rent out the whole herd or half the herd. Our whole herd usually clears out most backyards in 2–5 days.   

What does it cost?

All of our pricing is custom based off of how many of our goats we decide is necessary for your property size and how long we think it will take them to complete the job (dependent on both size and density of weeds). In addition to the daily rate, we have a set up fee that is determined based on travel distance, fencing set up required, and how much foliage we need to clear in advance (to make way for electric fence or toxic species.)  Most of our residential customers are able to get their backyard drastically cleaned up within the $400-1,000 range depending on size and complexity.

How can I save money on the rental?

We welcome our customers to roll up their sleeves and join the fun. If you want to participate in the set up (removing toxic plants, clearing a path for electric fencing, helping us set the fencing up), that will significantly save on set up. Also, please keep in mind that spring and summer are our busy months, so consider reaching out in the off-season for savings.   

Another thing to consider is that when the goats arrive, they will spend the first few days devouring their favorite foliage. Like human kids, the "fun" things get eaten first and quickly and when it comes to the "broccoli," things start to slow down. If you're ok with the landscape being mostly cleared instead of barren, it will require far fewer days, considering they slow down once they get to their least favorite greens. 

Which plants are toxic for goats to eat?

Most people are surprised to find out goats can eat poison ivy, but they cannot eat azaleas, rhododendron, nandina/heavenly bamboo, lantana, rape, goat weed, poke salad, st. johns wart, common poppy, nightshade, to name a few. We will inspect your property in your consultation.