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Post by tinad on Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:07 am

I am looking to get a couple of goats, but the more I read the more reluctant I am. Reason being I have Choke Cherry trees and reading they could be deadly if eaten. Is this for all goats or just certain breeds? Any info would be great. Also I am located in IL if that helps...

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Post by dizzy on Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:16 am

Yep, cherry can be deadly to livestock. But, just having the plant doesn't mean you need to worry. A lot depends on where it is compared to your animals. If they don't have access to it, you'd probably be OK. I have wild black cherry in my yard, which is also poisonous, but have never had a problem because it's not close to my goats. Here's a good website to go to to check to see if a plant is poisonous or not.

http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/php/plants.php?action=indiv&byname=common&keynum=1

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:19 am

Welcome tinad! Smile

I can't help with your goat question but I'd like to welcome you to the group. Take a look around and if you have any questions feel free to ask, I'm sure someone might be able to help you. It may take a little bit of time to get a response, this is a very busy time of year for many of us on this board.
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Post by tinad on Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:48 am

dizzy what type of goats to you have? Just starting out. I have someone that wants to sell 2 fainting goats males. Just starting out so a lot of questions. Looking right now just as pets . I have a blue heeler that is itching to work.

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Post by dizzy on Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:37 am

I have a Nubian, and a Nigerian dwarf mix. They're just pets as well. They were my DD's 4-H project. She lost interest, so I have 2 goats.

As for the male goats, are they wethers, or are they intact? If they're intact, they'll pee on their own heads. It helps attract the girls. You also need to keep an eye on them for urinary tract problems. Here's some info on that for you. http://hoeggerfarmyard.com/the-farmyard/goat-health/urinary-tract-calculi/

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Post by tinad on Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:39 pm

Well I guess I am going to be the proud new owner of 2 male fainting goats. Any suggestions?

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Post by Farmfresh on Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:03 am

First one I have is that if they are not already wethered (castrated) get that done.  It makes everything else easier.
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