Customers should please alert us if any of the following plants are in their area where they would like the goats. We will also check the area for toxic plants before beginning setup.
The list of plants poisonous to goats is relatively short and in New England there are only a few wild plants to watch out for. Mostly, goats will avoid plants poisonous to them (ex. Milkweed and Lily of the Valley), and in the majority of cases ‘the dose makes the poison,’ so eating a small amount won’t hurt them. Here is a non-comprehensive list (courtesy of Fiasco Farm).
Andromeda, Choke Cherries wilted or fresh in abundance, Lily of the Valley, Milkweed, Mountain Laurel, Pokeweed, Red Maple.
Azalea, Holly Trees in abundance, Boxwood, Burning Bush, Larkspur, Lilacs, Lupine (mostly seeds), Rhododendron, Sedum, Yew.
African Rue, Avocado, Calotropis, Cassava, China Berry Trees, Datura, Dog Hobble, Dumb Cane, Euonymus Bush berries, False Tansy, Fiddleneck, Flixweed, Fusha, Ilysanthes floribunda, Japanese pieris, Japanese yew, Lantana, Lasiandra, Madreselva, Maya-Maya, Monkhood, Deadly Nightshade, Oleander, Rhubarb leaves.
(We also encourage customers to feed our crews freshly-cut branches and yard stuff. However, greenery cut previously which has started to wilt or is nearly dry can harbor goat-sickening toxins and should be avoided.)