new and questions about poisonous plants

fletch

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I'm new to goats (one month in), but already in love with the critters. Have 2 males Boer/dairy mix. One nibbled on a nandina plant a little bit (few sprigs) this am and I have mayapple coming up in a few places. They found a loose place in the fence which I have now fixed, but I was wondering if they would eat the mayapple (if so, how poisonous is it) and what if any signs, should I watch for after nandina . Glad to have so many new friends in the forum. I live in East Tennessee. The goats, Frank and Jesse, have an acre of land to play on, lots of people friends, and are already spoiled. The electric fence is back up and running after Jesse's escapade.
 

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When we had our first goats we were standing in your "shoes" and didn't want them to eat something bad, either.....we were on 20acres then, with very little fencing....so, we walked the goats on leads and watched them....what we found out, is that they have the ability to recognize and avoid the bad plants....as long as there are "good" options available....such as hay, browse, or grass....they will not eat the less desirable plants......:).....if ya want to give them a treat from time to time....cut some sweet gum branches or honeysuckle vines and they will devour them....when they chow down on leaves, it sounds like kids eating a bag of potato chips....:lol:.....and it is a battle to see who gets the highest leaf.....:)
 

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Greetings and welcome to BYH from Tn! So glad you joined us. Look around and see what interesting stuff you can find. You'll get to "meet" folks at the same time. By all means post away when the desire strikes you, especially if you have questions (provide as much detail/info as possible and pictures truly help)... With all the great folks here, generally someone will respond in no time at all. Oh, and we all love pics, so post them anytime you feel the need! Please make yourself at home!

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