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macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Pyracantha (firethorn) - goat food or poison???
« on: January 23, 2017, 10:21:40 am »
As above, is pyracantha spp. Edible or poisonous to goats???
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

YorkshireLass

  • Joined Mar 2010
Re: Pyracantha (firethorn) - goat food or poison???
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2017, 10:32:44 am »
Poisonous, iirc, but am not a goat keeper!

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Pyracantha (firethorn) - goat food or poison???
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2017, 05:27:55 pm »
Mine have the odd leaf as they walk past (as I run to get them moving past!): My vet said the berries could be harmful eaten in quantity. Think it was nervous system they effected in some way but may be wrong.

So not a food plant, but not an emergency vet job if they've had a wee bit either.

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Pyracantha (firethorn) - goat food or poison???
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2017, 07:06:29 pm »
I hate working with that plant! The thorns are terrible!
I want to remove it completely at the back where animals will have more frequent access. Will leave the one in the front hedge for now.
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

 

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