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Hi everyone I come again to ask all you experience goat people some questions so I can further take care of my goats the best way possible.
What are some healthy foods and plants to help boost goats immune system, to help keep them healthy and happy.
And some natural dewormers like pumpkin seeds and pine tree branches. Are all pine trees safe for goats to eat? We have two kinds on our property, small ones and very big ones I don’t know their names though. I gave them some pine branches yesterday for the first time and they loved them which surprised me because when I take them on walks they never tried to eat them.
I’m just looking for foods and snacks the have a lot of vitamins and healthy stuff that goats need.
I know the natural dewormers probably aren’t enough so don’t worry I deworm them regularly.
I just want something I can give them for snacks on a regular basis that will be healthy for them and something they’ll enjoy 😉.
I give them garlic but it’s not their favorite but they tolerate it.
Thanks everyone.
This is my first year with goats and I’m seeing I was ill prepared when I got them , I didn’t know half the stuff I know now, I know I still have a lot to learn yet but I’m going to keep learning so I can keep bettering the lives of my little goaties that I love so so much.
Thanks again 😁
 

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I know the natural dewormers probably aren’t enough so don’t worry I deworm them regularly.
What natural dewormer are you using? If you are using pine trees and pumpkin you are correct it's not enough but they still help;)
But deworming them regularly is not good either, never deworm on a schedule. Only worm if you have a fecal done and it comes back and it says they have worms. When you worm on a schedule the worms can get immuned to the dewormer UNLESS you are deworming regularly (which I think you have to ) with natural wormers like LOH...
 

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Great that you are trying to learn all you can to help your goats be healthy. (y)

The only pine that I can think of that would be a problem would be juniper. I've heard juniper is poisonous to goats.

Most root vegetables are good for goats. Carrots and beets would be two that would come to mind. Pumpkins and squash too. Goats aren't made to be able to consume a whole bunch of these things, so don't go crazy with the amount you give them.

Most tree branches are very good for goats and they can have as many of them as they wanted once they were used to getting them. I give mine oak, yellow maple (not red), beech, and hickory just for a few examples. Oak leaves are high in tannins and that can help with deworming too. Here's a good list of edible/non edible foods: https://fiascofarm.com/goats/poisonousplants.htm
 

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What natural dewormer are you using? If you are using pine trees and pumpkin you are correct it's not enough but they still help;)
But deworming them regularly is not good either, never deworm on a schedule. Only worm if you have a fecal done and it comes back and it says they have worms. When you worm on a schedule the worms can get immuned to the dewormer UNLESS you are deworming regularly (which I think you have to ) with natural wormers like LOH...
I use Molly’s herbal dewormer , it says to give it to them every week but i give it to them every two weeks because their eye lids are always so nice and pinkish red I check their eyelids every week but their always pink but if their ever white or light pink I would deworm them every week . I do deworm them with stronger non herbal dewormer once a year.
 

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Great that you are trying to learn all you can to help your goats be healthy. (y)

The only pine that I can think of that would be a problem would be juniper. I've heard juniper is poisonous to goats.

Most root vegetables are good for goats. Carrots and beets would be two that would come to mind. Pumpkins and squash too. Goats aren't made to be able to consume a whole bunch of these things, so don't go crazy with the amount you give them.

Most tree branches are very good for goats and they can have as many of them as they wanted once they were used to getting them. I give mine oak, yellow maple (not red), beech, and hickory just for a few examples. Oak leaves are high in tannins and that can help with deworming too. Here's a good list of edible/non edible foods: https://fiascofarm.com/goats/poisonousplants.htm
Thanks so much for the list that was very helpful
 
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