can goats eat whole corn??

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by bree00, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. bree00

    bree00 New Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    South Carolina
    can goats have whole corn kernals? or does it have to be cracked and ground?
  2. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    They can chew it, but I would crack it JIK, but straight corn can cause some issues with their poo. It loosens it up for some reason :shrug: makes it like cow pies not nice goat berries. As a treat its ok tho.

  3. goathappy

    goathappy New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    It is best to crack corn as whole corn does not properly digest in the rumen and can make them very sick.
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I have to agree with ....Sarah... :wink: :greengrin:
  5. bree00

    bree00 New Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    South Carolina
    well they already ate it! :worried:
  6. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Then you'll be seeing mushy poop later, corn will upset their bellies if they get too much of it.

    Mine would rather have the husks from the ears of sweet corn rather than the cobs themself.
  7. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    If they didn't eat very much of it they should be fine--I let mine eat dried corn right off the cob sometimes...but I usually break the ear in half and give a half ear to each goat. Mine have never gotten diarrhea or a belly ache from that amount.
  8. Zarafarm

    Zarafarm New Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    This what happend with whole corn.

    No no they will die

    They will not stand again cause of bloating

    They will surely dead. Allmost 10 goats of mine totaly dead..

    Its better Corn bran chaff with mixed small amount of water.
  9. LilBleatsFarm

    LilBleatsFarm Premier Colorado Nigerian Dwarf Breeder

    Jul 18, 2012
    K - Zarafarm you are confusing ....

    You didn't mention if you have meat or dairy goats. I think it makes a difference.

    Personally - no corn for my goaties. Upsets their PH too much I think. If I'm feeding to fatten up then I will use a different grain/product. Not to mention I'm on a 'no GMO' kick recently.

  10. Emzi00

    Emzi00 Active Member

    May 3, 2013
    Not to mention that this is an old thread.. ;)
  11. Udder Insanity Toggs

    Udder Insanity Toggs New Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Saylorsburg, PA
    My grain mix is a whole grain blend, absolutely no grinding or cracking. I had more issues with cracked blends and pellets than when I switched to a whole blend. Just my expereince though, and I am using the same blend that my mentor has been using for 25 years - I recently purchased her two 4 year olds, a 7 yr old buck, and an 11 and 13 year old does who have been eating this all of their lives. No bloaty goaties here :)

    Kelly :)