Can goats eat prunes?

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by Summersun, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Summersun

    Summersun Active Member

    778
    Apr 24, 2014
    New Mexico
    So my husband has been unemployed since Jan and is having health problems (seizures that recently started and coordination problems). So with the drop in income we have been getting help from food banks and stuff. A church here does a big food distribution once a month. We went yesterday and were given a huge box of prunes, that we won't eat. They won't let you choose what you get and we need the fruit, onion, meat, lunch meat, bread, granola bars etc that they give. So we had to take the prunes also.

    I don't want to just throw them. So wondering if I can give the goats a couple every couple of days. But I don't want to kill them if they can't have them!

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  2. Madgoat

    Madgoat Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Umm, I don't think I would feed a laxative to a healthy animal. Just saying. Hope your husband bounces back soon.
     

  3. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    So sorry about your husband. Are there pits in the prunes? The pits would be bad. Not sure about the fruit itself.
     
  4. Summersun

    Summersun Active Member

    778
    Apr 24, 2014
    New Mexico
    From what I read on fiasco farms plums and prunes can be ok if pitted. So guess I will have to cut them open and see if the pits are there. Lol I won't give them much because I don't want a laxative effect.

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  5. wifeof1

    wifeof1 Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2016
    Boulevard, CA
    Could you trade them to someone at a farmers market for something you can use?

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  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Yeah, prunes shouldn't be fed as the only feed source. It will cause issues if not fed in moderation.
     
  7. Summersun

    Summersun Active Member

    778
    Apr 24, 2014
    New Mexico
    No they would never be their only food source. They browse on weeds and grass plus get alfalfa hay daily. I just didn't want the prunes to go waste so wanted to know if they could used as a treat

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