What type of plant and is it goat safe?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by 22lilchickens, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. 22lilchickens

    22lilchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2014
    I have this growing in my duck pen and around some other pens. My goats seem to love it, the pic is of the plant in my duck pen so I wanted to let my goats come in here and trim some of it down for me but I'm not too sure about it, does anybody know if it's ok for them to eat it? [​IMG]
  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    If the goats like it chances are it is safe. Goats like a lot of weeds. You could take a sample to the farm advisor's office if you like, but if it were me, I'd let them eat it.
  3. HnkyDnkyZZFarm

    HnkyDnkyZZFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2016
    Northern California
    Does it bloom yellow? It looks a bit like a wild fennel type plant. Does it have an herbal smell when you break or bruise it - mildly 'licorice'?

    If it's a fennel, then you should be okay. From what I've read it doesn't come through in milk strongly, but there's not much about it online, so there's not many opinions to compare. It's listed as medium palatability here
  4. 007Sean

    007Sean Flock Master Premium Member

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    x2, it's fennel but it can cause miscarriage in pregnant humans, in relatively small quantity, don't know if it would cause a miscarriage in goats.
  5. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    I looked up fennel. The article I found said fennel is a fine feed for goats and is said to increase milk production. Do not overfeed to pregnant goats because it may cause uterine contractions..

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