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Can Goats Eat Potatoes & Danger

Can Goats Eat Potatoes
Written by Ukwadia Matthew

Potatoes is clearly among the most popular vegetables in the world, especially in the United States. They are staple in the diet of a lot of people around the world.

Potatoes are a versatile vegetable, nutritious, and they are incredibly easy to grow. They are tasty when boiled or fried; and can be eaten as a single vegetable.

Can Goats Eat Potatoes

A lot of people who have raised goats will agree with me that goats love the yam peels and even plantain, without any noticeable side effects. However, can goats eat potatoes? In this article, I will be discussing what I got from research and my opinions.

So, can goats eat potatoes? Yes, goats can eat potatoes. I sometimes feed my goats’ Potato scraps. However, I do not give these vegetables in place of regular food but rather as a treat.

Potatoes are high Vitamin C, and lots of goats love eating them. Goats are picky eaters, and sometimes when you provide them with this vegetable, they can put their mouth and even reject it. When feeding your goat potatoes, you need to be mindful of the shoots or green skins as they tend to possess some dangers to goats.

Can I Feed My Goat Potato Peels?

Yes, occasionally I do feed my goats potato peels, and they love eating it, and without any noticeable effects on them. I tend to feed them in moderation and not all the time.

Well, most times they grab these peels themselves, each time I dump the scraps in the garbage area, they all go there and eat them up.  I have seen my goats eating cartons and peppers, and they are still alive and healthy.

From research and other sources, feeding goat uncooked potato peels is considered toxin as it contains Chaconine and solanine which can be poisonous to them.

Even when you cook this green peels, it doesn’t destroy the solanine and Chaconine, so to be on the safe side do not feed your goat uncooked peels if you are not sure.

Can Goats Eat Uncooked Potatoes?

Yes, goats can eat uncooked potatoes. There have lots of different debate around this topic. Generally, from the research, you can feed your pet goat with uncooked potatoes, but you must ensure the green skins is removed. Sometimes I buy raw potatoes, peel off the skin and feed them to my goat.

Over the years that I have been raising goats, I haven’t noticed any effects on them whenever they eat raw potatoes. Each time I present it to them, I see how they rush to it and enjoy it.

Can Goats Eat Potatoes

Be mindful that all goats have different systems in which they can tolerate or withstand things. Goats can eat uncooked potatoes when fed in moderation as it is entirely safe for them, but you need to avoid green potatoes or potatoes with green skin.

Few To Keep In Mind While Feeding Your Goats Potatoes.

Just like in humans, animals as well can get adverse reactions from some specific food. Your goats might love potatoes or potato peels, and you can only know if it is suitable for them by feeding it to them as a snack or treat.

Just because some people claimed potatoes is poisonous to goats doesn’t mean it will cause harm to your goat, but you must feed them in moderation and observe them.

Generally, potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, which is beneficial to humans and animals. Do not make potatoes their primary feed as they are likely to lose weight due to the low protein content in potatoes. Feeding your goat with too many potatoes might cause them to be stunted and looked malnourished.

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You should also know that eating uncooked potatoes or potato peels depend on the goat. Some will love to eat it while some will never eat it; do not force your goat to eat potatoes, if you find out that your goats love potatoes and no noticeable physical effects on them, you should feed them in moderation and as a treat.

Many Health Benefits Of Potatoes To Goats.

Potatoes have lots of health benefits it offers to goats. Goats need energy for their daily routines; for them to be able to walk around and each chase other, they need carbohydrates which potatoes can provide.

Potatoes is also rich in potassium and Vitamin C that works as an antioxidant in humans and animals, which helps to prevent cellular damage.

The protein content found in potatoes is a key component of tendons, muscles, collagen and ligaments. Proteins in potatoes help goatS for the growth and regeneration of tissue.

Despite the many benefits of potatoes to goat, you must not make it a primary feed for them and must be fed in moderation. If you notice your goats do not reject potato whenever you feed it to them, ensure you only use it as a treat for them and get rid of the green skin.

Conclusion: Can Goats Eat Potatoes

Now, we know goats can eat potatoes. Goats are known to stick their mouth on anything they find on the floor and eat or move away. If you notice, you goats walk away each time you give them potato peels or only eat a few of it; then you need to stop. However, if your goats love eating them, feed it to them in moderation and always check if you notice adverse effects on your goatS after they finish eating.

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About the author

Ukwadia Matthew

I am Ukwadia Matthew. Pets and Lifestock Blogger and Author. I have a Farm where I get lots of inspirations from!!!