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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Catfishingpokey, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Catfishingpokey

    Catfishingpokey Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Albany, Tx
    I buy day old bread for my chooks as a treat and my goat really likes it but i have been scared to let her indulge.and i was wondering if it would hurt her to let her have a little bread as a treat occasionally. she is due to kid in march and the old girl is expanding rapidly and i dont want to cause any problems.
  2. mcg30_40

    mcg30_40 Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    My chickens and goats share all of our table scraps without any problems. My goats really love the leftover fruit, I have one that will attack you for a banana peel [​IMG]
  3. Our goats are given day old breads. They also get other scraps. Actually most of our animals get some sort of scrap. Pigs, goats, rabbits, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea. Even the llamas, and horses love a few people scraps now and then.
    Bread is obviously a great treat for them(we get ours from the bakerys--truck load of bread for something like $10.00)
    Fruits and veggies scraps are enjoyed by all.
    Even cerals, dried beans, powdered milks, etc. etc.
    Our pigs are extra spoiled with other people food scraps. They love having maple syrup poored over there food.

    I wouldn't think bread should be to much of a problem. I dont think it would let her eat at free will 'ALL' the bread she wanted, but a few slices every day shouldn't hurt.
    Again, just my suggestions.....it's what I would do too....
  4. wisdom_seeker

    wisdom_seeker In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2008

    My wife and children gave our goats some bread and it was not very nice!!

    They left behind what looks like what a cow would leave behind!!!

    [​IMG] Our milking Doe needed a bath.
  5. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    North Carolina
    small piece occasionally, sure

    as a feed or bigger quantity--absolutely not.

    goats are rumen animals. Bloat and all kinds of horrible things happen when you feed these animals more than needed. If you throw a rumen out of whack you are talking serious trouble very fast. Anything that swells is also a bad food.

    Goats are not meant to be eating this stuff with the way their digestive system is set up.

    So better safe than sorry.
  6. ronshoney

    ronshoney Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    Algonac, Michigan
    We feed ours old bread, doughnuts etc. just in small quantities and not everyday. One of mine loves banana's the rest won't touch them.... They are very picky and they each have their own tastes.
  7. Quote:This is what I ment. I didn't mean we give ours bread as a feed suppliment or even in large quantities. We go through 2 loaves of bread between our sheep and goats-that's for 30+sheep and 2 goats . The llamas and horses get about a 1/2 loaf. All the birds together get about 2 loaves-that's for about 50 different birds all together. The pigs get more when given to them. And the rabbits each get 1/2 a slice each when we give it. No it's not everyday. I usually get a truck load of bread about 1 time each month. It lasts a long time for the animals.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2009
  8. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    I'd always been told to never give bread to a horse.
  9. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    North Carolina
    oh yea I never gave bread to my horses. or my goats. if I treat them it is with some apples, but heck, they think their main feed is a treat so they can have at it...LOL

    being I was breeding for a farm business, I just never took the chance. It isn't worth it to me to cause harm even if just by mistake or something.

    just me...lol
  10. I've never heard that before--about not giving horses bread.
    Again though it's not as if I am giving them tons at a time. The llama's and horses get a 1/2 loaf at a time. Not all just tossed out to them either. This is also split between 5-6 animals depending on whose around when I bring it out. I have never had any problems with this. Believe me I wouldnt' give them something if I knew it was hurting them. They are spoiled rotten when it comes to there care.

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