Monday, July 20, 2009

Goatucation - What Goats SHOULDN'T Eat

This is the Goatucation post that I postponed from last week since I was upset about my goat friends. jaz from Octoberfarm asks, "are there things that are bad for goats?" And to that I say a resounding, YES.

We learned a very hard lesson with my friends on the other Farm that too much alfalfa hay is bad for goats. I have told you that we goat love grain and will eat ourselves to death with too much grain. When it comes to that we are very stupid. We get bloat and that causes gas to get trapped in our rumens. If we can't burp and expel the gas we will die.

But enough of the sad stuff. There are also other things we should not eat because they will make us sick to our stomachs. The list is long but one of the things we have in abundance here on our Farm and that is buttercups. In the Spring our ground is covered with them but we are smart enough not to eat them.

We should also not eat the dried leaves of stone fruit trees, certain nightshades (although I have been known to munch a dried tomato plant with no ill effect), and any clothing drying on the line. Heh heh.

We are pretty smart animals when it comes to what to eat and what not to eat - except when it comes to grain. That is our weakness. I guess we just can't help ourselves. It just tastes sooooo good.

Now, of course these are the lessons the publicist and male person have read about and researched but they have also read many conflicting articles and books on what goats can and can't eat. What they did learn is that if we are given the appropriate minerals and a good diet we will have no need to eat something that may be bad for us just because we are hungry. And one thing is for sure around the Happy Goats Farm - we are well fed.

I hope you enjoyed today's Goatucation. Be sure to come back next Monday for your next lesson on the most marvelous animal in the world - the goat.


  1. We lost a kid to bloat many, many years ago. Sad to this day. Pook Nicholas.

  2. I loooove your blog! keep up the good goat reporting, it's so much fun to check in with them every day!

  3. Your grain is my cheesecake.

    Together we can fight it.

  4. Hello! I've lost some pieces of clothing to a goat before; such fun! :)

  5. Our dog is the same way. He will eat anything he can get into his paws. We have called doggy poison control for fireplace cleaner and children's vitamins and the vet for corncobs and chocolate bars. At least you goats are smart enough to avoid many of the things that are bad for you.

  6. Lots of us eat things that are not good for us. Currently, I am learning that beer gives me the bloat, although I don't die from it. Thank goodness!

  7. Thanks for the good lesson! Please do not ever eat bad stuff that makes you sick!

  8. it is good to know that goats are smart enough not to eat things that make them sick. i can see where alfalfa dust would be hard to pass up though. sort of like goat crack! i had a bloat scare recently with our pup. she did not have it thank god but i read a lot about it and found out that the number one killer of dogs is bloat. the problem is that it happens so fast that once you realize what is going on it is sometimes too late. some vets think that raised food and water bowls is a cause. i had a horse that almost died of bloat too. horses will eat themselves to death!

  9. That is a very interesting lesson. I am the same way with cupcakes. They're not harmful to me unless I eat more than 12. What happens next is rather unpleasant. I'm glad you're smart enough to avoid all those other bad things.

  10. Thanks for the lesson I didn't know that stuff and the DOR thinks I need a goat for a friend

  11. That's interesting. I don't know anything about goats, but I learned something today. Thanks.

  12. Sandy - I am very sorry about your Nicolas. It is indeed sad to lose a goat to bloat.

    Marlene - thank you. It is nice to know my hard work is worth it. It is hard to type with hooves!

    blueviolet - bwahahahahaha. You make me laugh.

    A.Marie - I guess you had a baaaaaad goat. heh heh

    Anne - I guess your doggie like an erm, varied diet.

    Lin - as long as you burp your beer you will be fine. The publicist is an excellent burper.

    Daisy - I do my best. Thank you for your concern.

    jaz - I did not know that dogs could get bloat too. I guess it is a bad thing. Horses can get bloat too.

    JD - I don't think I want to know what happens when you eat 12 cupcakes. The publicist can eat 12 cupcakes but she is not happy afterwards.

    Frogs - I agree!

    Cactus Jack - I like horses. I often escape to visit the horses across the street.

    Petula - I am glad you came to visit. We goats are very interesting creatures.

  13. I think there are quiet a few overlaps on toxic plants for horses and goats, albeit goats probably have a wider range of fodder they will eat. There is a nasty buttercup we get that has spines all over the seed pods and it makes one horse I used to own swell in the face. She was a glutton so what could I do? There would only be 10 plants in the entire acre and she'd find them.

    Stay safe Pricilla and only eat the "good" plants and weeds please!!

  14. New to the goat world my Eddie is part of our family and watches movies in the house on the floor next to our dogs with us so I thought it was so cute that he would also share the popcorn. But now I'm terrified to spoil him in any way, I feel like I was doing all the wrong stuff because he didn't like any of the foods he's supposed to eat, thanks for all the knowledge. I will be checking in periodically for now on.

    1. Jodi - enjoy Eddie. Pricilla is no longer writing her blog. She retired from it about a year ago and recently went to that big field in the sky. She lived to be 20 years old - a very grand age for a tiny goat. Thank you for visiting.


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