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It’s hard for us to imagine that fall is upon us already. Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. Pumpkins are a huge part of this time of year. Can goats eat pumpkins? As backyard barnyard folks recycling food for animals is part of the barnyard way of life.
Should Goats Eat Pumpkins?
So is it safe to feed pumpkins to goats? The answer is yes they can eat a pumpkin and all that goes with it. With just a few things you want to regulate when feeding them pumpkins.
If you have been using pumpkins as decorations make sure if you had glue, glitter or other decorative items you clean that off completely. Check for spoiled areas on the pumpkin and cut it away. Never feed your animals rotten or spoiled food. Goats will eat just about anything, so make sure that what they are getting is good for them.
After you’ve fed the pumpkins make sure you clean up any pieces that are left. Don’t let it get rotten, your animals have sensitive digestive systems that if upset can cause real problems. A good ounce over of your pins to gather up and you’re all good.
Can Goats eat Pumpkins?
When you’re ready to feed the pumpkin. Cut it into manageable chunks and spread it around the pin giving all the animals access to it. Goats are notoriously voracious eaters. So spread it around so you don’t get angry goats fighting over yummy treats. Like all animals, your goats can be territorial about food and become aggressive. To maintain harmony simply spread the treats around so that all have a chance at the delicious pumpkin.
Pumpkins are known to act as a natural dewormer for goats digestive tract. We would not recommend this as a cure for worms. However, holistic use always is a good thing.
When feeding your animals natural diet. You want to make sure you practice moderation. Giving a good blend of natural food with treats its ok to spoil your goats a bit. You do want to keep an eye on weight and health. Just like humans to much weight can cause many of the same issues humans have. Heavy goats can end up with leg problems and perpetuate arthritis.
Some goats may not like pumpkins. This is ok as well. Never entice your goats to eat something they simply don’t want. Animals can be finicky about food just like children. Some will think pumpkins are the best thing ever. While others will turn up their nose, no way!
Have fun with your goats this fall.