can i feed bread to goats ?

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i buy grabage bags full of day old bread for my pigs and i want to know if goats can have some or is it a bad idea?
 

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Not a great idea... too much starch and yeast. Yes as a treat but not every day
 

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I don't sup[pose a little would hurt. But personally I wouldn't.
 

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A neighbor threw some into my field a couple of weeks ago and my herd queen...who likely ate it ALL....got quite sick, had a big worm bloom, and dropped her milk production dramatically. And I was planning on milking her through. :he

I give free bread to my pigs and they won't eat it. I throw it out there anyways, figure it will be good compost. :p
 

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Every now and then I'll feed some bread to the sheep and goats when I'm giving it to the chickens. They do fine, but they don't get very much...maybe one slice per animal.
 

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knowone here eats the heels of the bread so the goats are chickens end up w/ it.. Not much,, maybe 4 or 5 pieces a week between all!
 

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I wouldnt. No need to and its not good for them. It can make them sick as "Freemotion" stated. Not worth it to me... I save it for pigs and chickens they love it and can handle it well!
 

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The previous owners of my goats always fed their animals bred. She had horses and chickens in the same field as well as goats.

She fed several pounds of it every day to her animals and supposedly had no problems. Our doe absolutely loves it, but we giver a considerably smaller amount. A little bread will not hurt them, like less than a quarter of a loaf at a time.

As for your doe getting sick from the bread. Getting to much or any food the goats are not used to can make them sick.
 

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any whole grain bread is fine for goats. you wouldn't want to over feed any item in your ration but in moderation its OK...White bread, the cheap stuff that is horrible even for us, should be saved for the pigs. Actually the starch and yeast is good for the active rumen, the extra carbohhydrate load needs to be adjusted by removing other ingredients from your ration...several producers that I know, add bread to rations as a cost saving, I tried it it but only had a limited supply so the trial didn't last long but I found that they weren't really that interested in eating much of it...again don't dump a whole truck load in the pasture and let them have at it....
 

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i have 5 goats and i started to giving them a loaf a day . so you think 1 loaf per 5 goat is too much ? they seem to love and it haven't notice anything wrong with them ?
 
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