There’s a lot out there about Christmas trees and goats. Do you or do you not give your Christmas trees to your goats? You can find just about every argument on the internet, for one side or the other. And, of course, Facebook is always the center of a heated “conversation.”
Just like any other animal, there’s a long list of what you can or cannot feed goats. Contrary to popular opinion, goats do NOT eat “everything.” Like other ruminants, they are grazers, but unlike cows, goats prefer weeds, bushes, leaves, and bark, instead of grass.
On the pro side, a lot of people feed their Christmas trees to their goats every year and don’t seem to have any problems. Green Eggs & Goats recycles her tree this way.
On the other side, there’s potential scientific research about resin and goats. Some resins are thought to be toxic for goats, potentially causing miscarriages. Dairy Goat Journal specifically warns against Ponderosa pine needles.
We got our tree this year the old fashioned way – went out in the woods and chopped down an Alaskan spruce tree. After keeping it in a tree stand of water, it sprouted all kinds of new growth. Poor confused tree. After the holidays, we pulled off all of the ornaments and lights and tossed it over the fence. The girls cleaned off the new growth in nothing flat. Then they got started on the bark. Strip after strip came off.
Now one thing I do know for sure, if we had bought our tree, I probably would not give it to the goats. Who knows what sorts of chemicals have been sprayed on those things. Plus, neither of our girls are prego, so I don’t have to worry about a miscarriage. If either of them were, I may rethink tossing the tree over the fence.
For more info on what to feed your goats, Weed ’em & Reap has a great post! Read it HERE.