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Can goats eat grapes? The short answer to this is simply yes, yes they can. They can eat the whole vine in fact.
However, if you’re trying to find out the answer to this question then odds are that what you really want to know is: What kind of foods can I safely feed a goat? And the answer to that question is….a whole hell of a lot of things.
How Goats Eat
Goats, like other ruminants, have a varied diet. Unlike many others though, they are “browsers”, which means they prefer to nibble on leaves, shoots, fruits and woody shrubs. As long as you have plenty of those around they’ll usually stay away from the bad stuff.
Now, a disclaimer before I list anything out here, You should always do extra research on this sort of stuff and never take what one person says on the internet as absolutely true.
Depending on where you live there are likely to be plants that I and others are not familiar with. These are just some of the ones that I am familiar with.
What Goats Eat
|What Goats Can Eat||What Goats Should Not Eat|
|Bananas (including peel and leaves)||Foxtails|
|Beans (including the vine and leaves)||Holly|
|Corn (whole plant, including husks)|
|Grasses (various types)|
|Grapes (including vine)|
|Onion (and garlic)|
|Raisins (just dried grapes after all)|
|Tomatoes (avoid the stem and leaves)|
Don’t Let Goats Eat Everything.
Now these are just the things I’m aware of. Other people and other lists will likely include more or fewer items than I’ve listed here. A few things I’d like to note though.
First: Foxtails are not poisonous as far as I know, but when our goats would eat it the barbs would get imbedded in their cheeks causing a severe infection.
Second: I’ve heard that goats can eat poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac, but have never witnessed it myself and so did not include it on the list.
Third: I’ve had friends in Colorado tell me that their goats will nibble on marijuana plants, but this should probably be avoided.