Do goats need hay as a part of their diet?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Mr chicken dude, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Mr chicken dude

    Mr chicken dude Songster

    Nov 7, 2009
    Was thinking about goats but if they need to have hay...Then to make your own hay that's about 40,000 in haymaking equipment and then goats are probably out of the picture then.....Just wondering if the need to have hay as a part of their diet....

  2. Rin

    Rin Songster

    Oct 22, 2009
    Moonglade (EU)
    Quote:From what I've been reading they need brush to graze first and foremost. Fresh greens along with dried things. In off seasons then people feed them hay bales from feed stores. All supplemented with mineral. I read somewhere though the pelleted goat feed is okay but can cause issues in wethers - causing deadly stones to block them up - worse yet is if you feed them grains. I could be wrong though, I'm trying to research this stuff too atm [​IMG]
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Goats won't eat much hay, they much prefer brush. That said, they need some kind of heavy fiber in their diet; you can't just keep them on dry lot and feed them grain.
  4. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Yes. After browse and pasture, hay is the most important thing in a goat's diet.
    Why not just buy your hay locally? This time of year it can be found for $2 a bale.
  5. Mr chicken dude

    Mr chicken dude Songster

    Nov 7, 2009
    Quote:I need a big barn to store it in which I don't have......

    Well that sucks.....Guess I'll look into getting a hog......
  6. grace6691

    grace6691 In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2008
    Mine get a flake at night along with their pellets that they don't really eat they just like to pick on, but during the day they go out in a pasture and graze all day
  7. dot n'dave

    dot n'dave Songster

    Jan 11, 2010
    I went to a goat farm where the woman was raising her goats in a very wooded area and had to give her goats alot of hay, not having much pasture. She kept her hay in one of those portable car canopy things. You know the ones that have the sides all covered and the front is zippered. As long as its kept dry you'll be fine.
  8. Goats do need hay. You don't have to bale or cut your own hay. You can buy it from local farmers or at a local feed store. You can store hay on pallets to keep it up off the ground and cover it with a tarp. Two goats are not going to eat much hay at all.
  9. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    They do much better on pasture than with hay. Ours only get hay and grains in the winter.
  10. rebecky1305

    rebecky1305 Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    Lansing, MI
    Get two miniature goats (nigerian dwarf or pygmy). They will eat about 1 bale of hay every week, four bales a month. You can buy them at a local feed store. If you can get ahold of a non working chest freezer, these are great for storing a bale of hay.

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