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May be a really dumb question , but do you guys let your goats eat the fallen leaves this time of year ? I'm assuming yes, but as I was walking around my back yard (not the pasture) there are so many and I'm wondering if they'd enjoy munching them up for me.

The leaves are from a silver maple, in case your wondering
 

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About 2/3rds of my pasture is under some very tall trees, yellow maple, oak, poplar. My does come home looking fat and happy after being down in the trees all day. They do pick and choose what leaves are "gross" and what leaves are delicious. I'll see them pick on up, just to spit it out even though I would not have been able to distinguish why that leaf was determined gross. (doh)They probably wouldn't completely clear the leaves, but I'm sure they would enjoy it as long as they were used to eating that kind of leaf already.
 

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Mine eat leaves, small fallen limbs, and anything that blows across.the pasture. They really do a nice.job keeping it eaten up. I think.any tree except foreign/exotic trees are ok for them to eat.
 

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I am still confused about the cherry tree. Cherry trees that produce the cherry fruit (little red thing they put in pies) are bad for goats, right? What about trees in the woods called "cherry". They have the pretty reddish brown wood. Are those the same as the cherry fruit trees? (I know, sounds dumb, but I have always wondered!) Our woods (and goat fenced area) are full of the cherry wood trees.
We have no "fruit" trees near the goats or the barn. Wild apples, but they are on the other side of the pond.
 

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I am still confused about the cherry tree. Cherry trees that produce the cherry fruit (little red thing they put in pies) are bad for goats, right? What about trees in the woods called "cherry". They have the pretty reddish brown wood. Are those the same as the cherry fruit trees? (I know, sounds dumb, but I have always wondered!) Our woods (and goat fenced area) are full of the cherry wood trees.
We have no "fruit" trees near the goats or the barn. Wild apples, but they are on the other side of the pond.
I have wild cherry around me and the deal with cherry (wild or not and any fruit family tree) is it's only toxic when wilted. I have a few black cherry trees in one of my pastures and it's never been a problem, but I make sure after storms that they haven't dropped any limbs that have leaves on them.
 

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I've been leaving the girls out to help "clean" up the leaves so I don't have to rake and suck more than I have to this weekend. They really love oak leaves, but also enjoy the walnut leaves and I think they are chestnut or butternuts, as well as some maple.

They are so spoiled and they have trained me so well that I go around finding the good ones for them and one girl will stay right beside me, waiting to snatch them out of my hand!
 

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They are so spoiled and they have trained me so well that I go around finding the good ones for them and one girl will stay right beside me, waiting to snatch them out of my hand!
Here the leaves get to stay on the grass for fertilizer, but the goats get to come out and pick the ones they want too.
And you're right, whatever YOU have in your hand must be better!
 

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I learned in a short time that goat brains are wired lime this,
"Oooh look mom is awake. Look she has the bowl in her hands, it must be nomnom. Oh no look she put the bowl down. Oh wait we are going to pasture. Leaves look there are leaves.... crunch crunch crunch crunch..... wait mom is leaving. Maaaa maaaa maaa ooooh leaves leaves more leaves...."
 
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