Monday, 3 September 2018

How To Find The Perfect Diet For Goats

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Main Diet

A goats main diet should consist of hay or grass.  Now, when I say 'grass', I really mean weeds, bushes leaves and then maybe grass.  They really won't eat down a whole field of grass like sheep or cows.  They are browsers, not grazers.  You can also feed then grass or hay pellets but I would always recommend soaking the pellets first.  This is because grass pellets are so compact that when the goat eats them, it will swell in their stomach and cause digestive problems.

Hard Feed

For hard feed, less is more!  This should only make up 10% (or less) of your goat's diet.  Unprocessed grains such as whole corn or rolled oats are best.  Goats don't need grain at all but a small amount every day or two  (1 cup per goat a day or less) will provide extra nutrients and a boost if needed.


Goats need supplements to stay healthy!  It is best to offer your goats these supplements 24/7 so that your goat can choose when they need a certain type.

  • Supplement Block/Loose minerals 
This is essential for letting the goat's system process protein, fat and carbs from their food.  It is also just great for avoiding deficiencies.  (Get it here).   

  • Baking Soda 
This is great for preventing and relieving bloating.  It is also just great for the goat's rumen. (Get baking soda here). 

  • Kelp 
Kelp has a great number of trace minerals, a high amount of calcium and a good source of iodine.  Plus, goats love it!  (you can find kelp here).  

  • Probiotics 
You Should always have probiotics on hand for stressful situations or illness but is can also be used as a supplement.  You can add a serving to the goats feed once a week to keep them extra healthy.  (Find probiotics here).  

Healthy Treats 

You can feed your goats things like fruit + veg, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.  These all help keep your goat healthy but they also love them!  


I am not any type of animal expert but instead only an animal lover who wants to share her tips.  Please consult relevant animal specialists and do not only take my advice.

 The Rider's Pets


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