Saturday, November 14, 2009

What plants are poisonous to goats besides rhododendrons?

I live in Washington and have 2 goats we keep out in the pasture. Everyday i enjoy bringing them treats -- picking them leaves and other vegetation or bringing them fruit and veggies on my lunch break. I know that rodedenrons and poisonous, but is there anything else i should avoid feeding them? Thanks so much!!!

What plants are poisonous to goats besides rhododendrons?
African Rue


Andromeda (related to foxglove)


Avocado- South American Avocado leaves/tree such as Haas or crosses with Haas


Avocado- Fuarte (definitely)


Azalea


Brouwer's Beauty Andromeda


Boxwood


Calotropis


Cassava (manioc)


China Berry Trees, all parts


Choke Cherries, wilting especially


Choke Cherry Leaves in abundance


Datura


Dog Hobble


Dumb Cane (diffenbachia) (Houseplant)


False Tansy


"Fiddleneck"- know by this common name in CA. It is a fuzzy looking, 12" to 15" plant, with small yellow blossoms, shaped on a stem shaped like the neck of a fiddle.


Flixweed


Fusha


Holly Trees/Bushes


Ilysanthes floribunda


Japanese pieris (extremely toxic)


Japanese Yew


Lantana - appears on both lists


Larkspur- a ferny, flowering plant in shades of blue, pink and white.


Lasiandra


Lilacs


Lily of the Valley (Pieris Japonica)


Lupine - appears on both lists


Madreselva (Spain) patologia renal


Maya-Maya


Monkhood


Milkweed


Mountain Laurel


Nightshade- appears on both lists: Whether this is really poisonous is questionable because I have received a post saying "my goats eat nightshade all the time". We also have a lot of Nightshade on own property and none of our goats have died from it. I tend to think it is ok in moderation.


Oleander


Pieris Japonica (extreamly toxic)


Rhododendron


Rhubarb leaves


Tu Tu (the Maori name for Coriaria arborea)


Wild Cherry, -wilted- leaves (fresh and fully dried are not poisonous)


Yew
Reply:I would try a yahoo search on goat sites and find out the facts from people that raise goats. I have heard of goats (and cow and sheep) getting sick from grazing under and around black walnut trees.
Reply:Outside of avacado and possibly chocolate anything that you eat your goat can eat. Wormwood or artimisia is actually something that your goat will eat and it does act as a wormer.


But I don' t think you need to worry about anything that you'd pick out of a vegetable garden or from most trees. Goats are really good at not eating much of a new food and are usually hard to poision even if you try to.
Reply:goats are not dumb and will usually sus what is bad for them. However: oleander, henbane, cassia, ivy, euphorbias, wormwood, digitalis, deadly nightshade/rauwolfia, will all kill.


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