Pumpkin and feed amounts

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by TCOLVIN, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. TCOLVIN

    TCOLVIN TKC Farms

    Sep 21, 2014
    Cobbtown, Ga.
    Question #1- I have a pumpkin that has not been cut yet. Can I and how much can I feed my goats if they will eat it. How do you prepare it for them ? I know pumpkin seed I’d good for worms but what about the rest of pumpkin?

    Question #2- How much feed should I be giving my pregnant nannies? I am feeding 15 head about 5-1/2 to 6 quarts twice a day, morning and evening. The mix includes alfalfa pellets and oats equally 50/50 mixed with a cup of Boss mixed in. This equates to about 4/10th of a quart morning and evening for each goat. Almost a quart daily (8/10th)
    They gobble everyone scrap of it like it’s not enough. What do you think, too much or too little, or just right? One minutes I think it’s just right then I think it’s too much. They also getting 1/2 bale (square bales) of coastal Bermuda put out every day. They eat on it off and on until by after lunch it’s almost gone.
     
  2. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    To the pumpkin question. The seeds I always feed raw. My goats like the flesh raw, but small pieces and in small amounts. They prefer pumpkin flesh cooked (steamed or baked). They totally love it, actually. Depending on the size of the pumpkin, you might want to feed it over a couple of days, so they don’t get upset rumens.
     

  3. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    For pregnant girls I usually recommend just alfalfa pellets and only oats in the last month or once lactation starts. Each goat should only get about a tablespoon of BOSS.
     
  4. Dee4

    Dee4 Active Member

    Hi,
    Can you feed black pumpkin seeds, that I found in supermarket
     
  5. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    You can. The store bought ones may be roasted. Raw is best if you feed them for their health benefits.
     
  6. Dee4

    Dee4 Active Member

    Ok thanks, so is it best to use from a pumpkin and not give shop ones? In UK only get pumpkins in November x
     
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  7. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    You can use store bought and see if you can find raw seeds. I would give just a small handful per goat.
     
  8. Dee4

    Dee4 Active Member

    Ok, thank you for that advice, its nice that all the goats on this forum have loving caring mummy and daddies. Take care xx
     
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  9. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Yes, this is a goat loving famliy!
     
  10. Dee4

    Dee4 Active Member

    Your goats look so chilled, I tried harness like yours, but kids did not like them, so got soft collars on when I take them for little walk, or if need to restrain them , when I tie them up the collar not good on their little neck, so I use the harness then, little wrigglers though
     
  11. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Your goats look groovy in their nice pajamas!
    Now I only use the harnesses when I have to restrain one.