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ND21st
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« on: December 18, 2019, 09:11:49 AM »

I have a 7 month buckling who this morning was vigorously chewing a foamy cud.  The only thing I could think of is the herd has been eating some pine needles over the past couple weeks.  Everything else in his diet is the same.  Could he be exhibiting a bit of toxicity to the evergreens?
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2019, 07:12:04 AM »

Pine needles are good for them, and also helps with worm resistance.  However, if the little guy ate too many, it's possible that it is an issue with him.  You could give him a small dose of activated charcoal.  I hope he's better by now though.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2019, 09:28:07 AM »

Yes, I did give him charcoal and he was ok today.  I read where certain pine species may cause some toxicity but that yes, they're good for goats.  Maybe just because they were getting branches every day, though I would not say overdoing it.
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dragonlair
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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2019, 03:00:39 PM »

Yeah, there is one that is toxic to goats, but I don't remember which species because we don't have them in my part of the country.

However, too much of anything can upset a goats "belly", so to speak. Hopefully he's all better now. I've ahd no computer access. AGH.
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DragonLair Farm and Kennel in Central Maine with Nubians, Lamanchas and Oberhasli. Of course, combinations of 2 or more breeds happens also.
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2020, 09:37:23 AM »

Whatever it was he got over it quick.
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