Can goats eat pumpkin

Discussion in 'Beginners Goat Raising' started by hockeydad81, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. hockeydad81

    hockeydad81 Member

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    Nov 6, 2016
    Not sure if this where questions go. If not I'm sorry. I'm brand new here as well as to raising goats and I'm wondering if goats can eat whole pumpkin with no harm?
     
  2. Suzanne_Tyler

    Suzanne_Tyler GreenTGoats

    Jul 19, 2014
    US
    Yes I believe they can.
     

  3. luvmyherd

    luvmyherd Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    NorCal
    Yes, some of mine love it and others act like it is poison.
    Years ago, when we could get pumpkin for $10 a ton we used it for winter feed. Last year we were given a pickup truck full from somebody who had used them as decorations. What the goats did not eat grew and gave us enough Jack-o-Lanterns for the grandkids this year.
     
  4. hockeydad81

    hockeydad81 Member

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    Nov 6, 2016
    Thank you very much
     
  5. groovyoldlady

    groovyoldlady Goat Crazy!

    Jul 21, 2011
    Central Maine
    Here's a fun video of goats LOVING their pumpkins. Not only is pumpkin good for them, but raw pumpkin seeds are reported to help make goats less hospitable to parasites.

    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2VBtW4AhMM[/ame]
     
  6. Pygmy_Mama

    Pygmy_Mama New Member

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    Nov 8, 2016
    Tagging in on this one, how old should a goat be before getting pumpkin?
     
  7. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Any age is fine, but most of mine don't take interest in fruits and veggies until they are more than 6 months old.
     
  8. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    $10 per ton?? Highway robbery!!
    I got nearly 2,200 large pumpkins for my flock from a local pumpkin patch for FREE on November 1st! (Granted, that's not normal: last year they only had 300 left over)

    My does don't eat them super eagerly, my buck's love them, but my sheep would do ANYTHING to get at the pumpkins. Each sheep eats 1-5 per day.
     
  9. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Where do you live?! I'm coming with a truck & trailer! The local places are asking... sit down... $35 to $50 per pick-up load here!! I would gladly pay $10 for a TON!

    I wonder how much a pick-up load weighs but still... the prices are sky high here for leftover livestock pumpkins. Even if you have to pick them up out of the field yourself.
     
  10. LibertyHomesteadFarm

    LibertyHomesteadFarm Member

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    Feb 1, 2014
    I get all mine for free; a local methodist church has a pumpkin patch fundraiser every October and they give all their leftovers to us and one other farm in November 1st.

    This year they had about 2-3 times as many pumpkins; the other farm only took 3 pickup truck loads so we took the rest. We made 2 trips with 3 trucks (an f150, an f250, and an f350) and 2 trailers. We ended up taking over 2,177 pumpkins total.

    We live in upstate SC.
     
  11. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Pumpkins are great..you an dry the seeds and ground them to add it to their fee year round...good wormer helper...they paralyze the worms so the goat can expel them...its not a stand alone wormer, but a support. You can puree the meat and freeze it for later use...puree pumpkin with cayenne pepper is great for chickens..goats love them as a treat..and can hide herbs in them if needed...lots you can do with them...one word of warning...buy fresh, uncut, unpainted and unburned by candles...
     
  12. Tayoung09

    Tayoung09 New Member

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    Jul 22, 2018
    Can they eat the actual pumpkin plant/vine?
     
  13. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Mine don't care for the plant or vine, but I don't believe it is toxic. They leave them alone.
     
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  14. Tayoung09

    Tayoung09 New Member

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    Jul 22, 2018
    Okay thank you!