Table scraps for goats?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by whatknott, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. whatknott

    whatknott Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    There is a lady that bought goats years ago from me. Now she is starting to breed her own pygmy goats, but still relies on me to give everyone shots and wormings.
    She brought over a very sick goat that was 7 weeks old this week. She had bought the mother and two babies a few weeks previously. I had vaccinated the babies once.
    This baby had diarrhea for a couple of days. When it came here, it was dehyrated, very skinny and wouldn't even stand, gums pale. Gave her some coccidia meds, wormed the goat (she hadn't done that) and gave it a lot of pepto-bismal. Told her to get as much pedialyte into it as possible. But if she really wanted to save the goat, take it to the vet for subq fluids. She didn't want to pay emergency vet call, so opted the pedialyte routine. The goat died that night.
    But this is my question - they feed all of their left over fruit, veggies, potato skins etc. to their goats. One goat had gotten sick after eating a lot of watermelon once, so they don't feed that anymore. I told her that they needed to get a potbelly pig to feed their table scraps to!
    Is it okay and safe for them to feed all of those fruits and veggies? I assume it is, but couldn't find anything to say it isn't safe.
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    yes it is safe to feed certain scraps to goats. I always say "salad scraps" never meat or rice, potatoes etc.

    So anything that is a fruit or veggie (but I never feed anything cooked or half eaten with like salad dressing on it).

    Example: left over wilted salad, ends of carrots after grating, cucumber peels, rinds of a Mellon (cut into small pieces so they can eat it, etc.

  3. whatknott

    whatknott Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    how about banana peels?
  4. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    yah thats ok as well as orange peals :)
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I totally agree ...with stacey ...all those are perfectly fine.. to feed ....some of mine are picky and will not eat it just sniff and walk off..... :wink: :greengrin:
  6. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    I agree as well. but too much can make a goat sick. especially too much fruit.
  7. whatknott

    whatknott Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    this little goat that died, I'm wondering if the diarrhea started from too many table scraps, or was it coccidia - won't ever know. But at least I know I shouldn't lectuer the lady about feeding table scraps again! thanks everyone.
  8. supermimi4

    supermimi4 New Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    i always thought goats would eat just about anything. i feed our goats the other day a few leftover hot dogs and they loved it and they seem just fine. some of the comments made me a little worried about what i did. do you think i can keep doing that as long as its not alot at a time. so far they have ate alot of different things including several types of leftover meats... thanks.
  9. AmyBoogie

    AmyBoogie New Member

    May 20, 2013
    Are they feeding just table scraps or do they also feed hay, browse, and grain?

    Supermimi - I wouldn't feed any more meat.
  10. goatgirl132

    goatgirl132 New Member

    Oct 17, 2012
    I think the fact is of how much their getting.
    some is fine but if that's all their getting? I think that's where the problem comes in.
    are they getting hay and grain?
    also what about the dehydration part? are they not
    getting water?
  11. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Do not feed any ruminants meat. That is not good. Table scraps would be appropriate fruits and vegetables.
  12. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    uncooked Potato skina are toxic, no anumal or human should eat them...poisonous alkaloids (Solanum) are present in green sprouts and green potato skins.
    We do feed ours banana peels and walermelon rinds moderation...anytime you feed a goat new foods it can upset the rumen..We try to keep our goats diet consitant with just a few things as treats...We usually have a few pigs that enjoy our scraps that we dont want our goats to have...