what do goats eat
July 3, 2008 11:34am CST
Hi, my friends have a horse and two pygmy goats in the same field. They eat grass and get some sweet feed at night; I also give the horse a carrot. All three like pepermint candies, the soft ones. I feel bad when I give the horse a carrot and the goats are looking at me for something to eat. What do they like as a special treat?
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5 Jul 08
They will eat almost anything. They love grasses and weeds. Mine even eats gum leaves! lol I give her pellets designed for goats / pigs / sheep / horses / chickens. She likes alot of variety when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables but will eat carrots, spinach etc. They have quite individual tastes, much like people, so you may have to see what they like. Just because one of them turns their nose up at what you offer them, doesn't mean the other one won't think it's the best treat in the world! lol Hand pick a bag full of grass on your way over to your friends place at an overgrown patch (not right next to the road though - due to petrol fumes etc) and they will be just as happy with that. :-)
• United States
14 Jan 09
In a lot of ways, goats are like people. They each have their own likes and dislikes. They can eat pretty much anything. What's forbidden seems to be their favorite. Our first milk goat adored drinking whatever I was drinking. Out of my cup, preferably. They love sweet things. And leaves from trees. Our goats would almost starve when put in lovely grass filled pasture. They wanted leaves. I got used to taking them on walks so they could strip leaves from outside the pasture. Leaves from fruity things were a hit. Leaves from blackberry bushes, mulberry trees, gooseberry bushes, the fruits themselves were even better.
• United States
20 Nov 08
I have seven goats 6 nigerian Dwarfs and 1 Lamancha/Nigerian. I feed mine alfalfa hay and Purina goat chow about 3/4 of a cup per goat per day.. Grass hay is good to have to free feed, all though the feed store is always out of it so mine always get high quality alfalfa about 2 chunks off the hay bail a day. They love cut tree branches with leaves, just make sure it isn't cherry or some of the other trees that are poisonous to them. One other thing about goats... They need loose minerals, mineral blocks do not provide enough for them and they end up being deficient in minerals. Goats do like carrots...They LOVE peanuts, animal cookies, 1 teaspoon for bucket molasses in their warm water when it is cold. Just don't over due the sweets it messes with their ruminant.
• United States
7 Sep 08
We also have 2 pygmy goats. We have special feed for them, pellets, but to be honest they don't like it. What they do eat is mainly the chicken feed and when they can manage to sneak in they love the rabbit food. Ours eat a little grass but prefer eating leaves off the low trees and shurbs. For special treat mine get the same as everyone else on the property - tomatoes, corn, carrots. Pretty much whatever I pull out of the garden that's not going to the house. The other day they all got canteloupe and loved it.