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Author Topic: Goats and Privet  (Read 188 times)

Zyg

  • Joined Nov 2018
Goats and Privet
« on: February 11, 2019, 04:45:20 pm »
We are planning on getting some goats soon.

We have some privet around
and we've heard that it's ok for them to eat it
and we've also heard that it's not ok for them to eat it.

What do you think? Should we get rid of the privet or let the goats get rid of it for us?
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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Goats and Privet
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 04:55:30 pm »
NO, NO, NO - get rid of privet before goats. Good rule of thumb -anything evergreen and shiny with the exception of Ivy (but berries/flowers cut off) is poisonous. Just stay clear. Native pine is ok too, but that goes to my sheep usually.

Old Shep

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • North Yorkshire
Re: Goats and Privet
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2019, 09:25:08 pm »
Privet is extremely poisonous and if eaten you would be lucky for the goats to survive.  Watch out for wild privet too.
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Goats and Privet
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2019, 11:59:40 pm »
Is it poisonous to sheep too?
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Backinwellies

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Re: Goats and Privet
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 07:01:22 am »
Is it poisonous to sheep too?

probably but they wont 'graze' it like goats will.
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Me

  • Joined Feb 2014
  • Wild West
Re: Goats and Privet
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2019, 08:37:11 am »
Yes it is, they will take it too

Zyg

  • Joined Nov 2018
Re: Goats and Privet
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2019, 09:52:08 am »
Thank you all for your replies.

The privet is definitely getting the chop!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Goats and Privet
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2019, 11:40:33 am »
Thank you all for your replies.

The privet is definitely getting the chop!


So's mine - thanks Backinwellies and Me.  It's behind a wire fence but you can't be too careful. Pity  :tree:
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