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Old 08-14-2010, 12:50 AM   #1
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Is is safe to feed rice bran or flax to goats? I have 3 wethers and 3 dry does. They get alfalfa pellets, a small amount of grain and free choice grass hay. I noticed the cal-phos ratio isnt a 2-1 balance. So would the alfalfa balence that with the calcium in the alfalfa?



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I don't know about rice bran, but I feed mine flax seed and they do great on it. OI feed an alfalfa / grass mox hay and a little rolled oats for a treat.



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Default Re: Feeding rice bran or flax to goats.

I was told that flax wasn't good to feed to goats because of the acidic nature of it, and the fact that goats are alkaline, it would mess with their digestion too much. As for rice bran, I don't think there would be anything wrong with it, it would be really high in starch though, just see how your goats would do on it.

If you're worried about the calhos ratio, what kind of minerals are you feeding?

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Default Re: Feeding rice bran or flax to goats.

I feed my goats crushed Flax seed and I have for years. I have never had a problem.

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I was told that flax wasn't good to feed to goats because of the acidic nature of it, and the fact that goats are alkaline, it would mess with their digestion too much. As for rice bran, I don't think there would be anything wrong with it, it would be really high in starch though, just see how your goats would do on it.

If you're worried about the calhos ratio, what kind of minerals are you feeding?
I will have to check but I do not believe it is acidic at all. But I better check, even so I have net had a problem, but I only give them about 1/2 cup crushed once a day.
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I feed my goats crushed Flax seed and I have for years. I have never had a problem.
I feed it as well.... no problems here ....but.... I don't feed a whole lot ....when I do...
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Goathappy....right now I have the Manna Pro Goat Minerals.

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My vet (a real goat vet here) suggested feeding my girl flax oil for weight gain. I don't know that she would do that if it messed up their digestion. She is a mostly goat and sheep vet so I trust her judgment.

Have yet to try it though!

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Read an article many yrs ago abut feeding flax seed to goats. Sorry dont remember any of it except its good...... Moderation in all new things fed to goats.

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I lost my little girl's favorite doe to rice bran. She may have eaten to much. Cut it back to feed to the rest and they got sick also. I put four hundred pounds in the trash can. It is real good for cows. Cows can also eat bad hay, goat gets sick.

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Flax is actually an alkaline food. Rice (all forms) are acidic. I Looked it up.



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