Post by noranellie on Feb 20, 2009 22:09:47 GMT -5
I've just planted a hedge of Southern Highbush blueberries next to my goat pen fence. Here in Florida they grow to 10 feet tall and should provide some nice shade as the sun dips to the west. However, I've just been told by a 4H goat person that blueberries are toxic to goats. Oh no!!!! Surely not!!! I've looked online a fair bit and can't find anything on it. Maybe my search terms are wrong... So what do you all know about this? Are they right? Should I dig up my bushes?
My goats have eaten blueberries (in small quantities) without any ill effects. I would not let them get a lot of the berries as that could cause some digestive upset, but I do not believe they are toxic.
Post by noranellie on Feb 24, 2009 23:14:15 GMT -5
Me again! Actually I was less concerned about the blueberry fruits than with the leaves. I've been told by the 4H goat lady that the leaves are very toxic. I planted a lovely hedge along the goat fence, and now I'm wondering whether I should move it. Again. Is there a list anywhere online of toxic plants? I've seen some and they didn't include blueberries, but my source of info on this is very reliable so I'd like to be really sure before I dismiss what she said...
By the way, I'm in St Augustine Florida, where the sap is rising and where I am in the throes of major spring fever!!!!! Plant! Dig! Move! Weed! Sow! Repot! Prune! Feed! Woo hoo!