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Livestock => Goats => Topic started by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on May 08, 2012, 11:50:15 pm

Title: Advice needed please
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on May 08, 2012, 11:50:15 pm
Does anyone know if flowering currant is safe for goats to eat?  I have one that I wante to remove and it seems a shame to waste it if they can have it.
Title: Re: Advice needed please
Post by: Roxy on May 09, 2012, 12:23:00 am
Flowering current, as in redcurrant, blackcurrant etc?  Some of my goats like those, some don't
Title: Re: Advice needed please
Post by: Mad Goatwoman of Madeley on May 09, 2012, 12:32:50 am
Similar but it doesn't produce fruit.  It's ornamental and the flowers smell like cat pee.
Title: Re: Advice needed please
Post by: Roxy on May 09, 2012, 12:40:15 am
Personally, I would not feed garden shrubs and plants to goats, unless it was fruit or veg of course.
Title: Re: Advice needed please
Post by: jaykay on May 09, 2012, 07:31:20 am
Mine eat black currant leaves.

I suppose you could try her with a tiny bit and see how she goes.

Or you could decide it's not worth the risk!
Title: Re: Advice needed please
Post by: tizaala on May 09, 2012, 08:13:24 am
Be carefull with Raspberry it can cause abortion and bleeding
Title: Re: Advice needed please
Post by: Roxy on May 09, 2012, 12:29:43 pm
A lady I know feeds her nearly foaling mares with Raspberry leaves,as she says it helps them foal easily, so maybe its ok when they are due?!!
Title: Re: Advice needed please
Post by: Anke on May 09, 2012, 06:13:05 pm
Raspberry leaves/branches are good fairly close to their kidding date as they help uterine contractions (as far as I know), also true for humans (as in raspberry leaf tea), but should not be eaten/drunk at other times during pregnancy.

As for flowering currants I don't know, mine will eat black/red currant branches, but I would be careful with anything ornamental. It's just safer not to risk it imo.

Title: Re: Advice needed please
Post by: plumseverywhere on May 11, 2012, 10:58:42 am
Raspberry leaves/branches are good fairly close to their kidding date as they help uterine contractions (as far as I know), also true for humans (as in raspberry leaf tea),

Oooooh that brings back memories....glugging RL tea in the birthpool between contractions - it worked though!