Deer corn and goats

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by ColLark, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. ColLark

    ColLark New Member

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    Jul 22, 2013
    I put deer corn at the bottom of my field and my goats will graze down there and eat some from time to time but I also put them out alot of brush clipping and goat feed so it's a small part of their diet.
     
  2. happybleats

    happybleats moderator

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    the problem isn't so much them having corn, although cracked is easier on their stomach and teeth..its having too much..giving them what My vet called carbohydrate poisoning or acidosis, causing runs, lethargic behavior,dehydration and with out treatment many times death.

    why I choose not to feed corn
    corn is not easily digested
    its a poor source of nutrition
    used as a cheap filler
    not suffient in calcium..too much fed to bucks can add to the risk of UC
    most is GMO corn , which goats can not process properly adding to the problem

    although feeding a bit wont hurt...it really doesn't do much for the goat unless weather is cold..since corn does heat up while being digested and can help warm them up



    http://www.sweetlix.com/media/documents/articles/Goat_AcidosisInGoats.pdf
     

  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    I agree, whole corn isn't good to give to goats, it isn't easy on their teeth either :(
     
  4. MsScamp

    MsScamp New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Wyoming
    Any grain can cause acidosis if fed in higher quantities than the goats are used to, it's not just corn.