Yesterday, I had a large group of friends over for dinner, and I made homemade fries. When it comes to food, nothing beats homemade. There is simply no substitute for fresh taste!
However, having a large group of friends means having a large number of fries, and having a large number of fries means having an enormous number of potatoes. By the end of the night, I had a mountain of potato peels.
It felt wrong to just throw them away—I knew it wasn’t something I’d eat, but it was still nutritionally important. So the first thing that came to mind was whether I could feed my goats.
Can goats eat potato peels?
Potato peels are completely safe for goats. They can eat them and will enjoy potato peels as a snack on occasion. They shouldn’t be fed too much of it because, while not particularly nutritious, it is a somewhat complex carbohydrate for a goat.
So feeding your goats kitchen scrap potato peels on occasion is safe and likely a nice method to get rid of the peels while also giving them a treat. Though I may be erring on the side of caution, I would still recommend using potato peels in moderation—goats are not bottomless pits for food waste.
Let us look into this further.
Is it safe to feed potato peel to goats?
Yes, in a couple of ways.
For one thing, it will almost certainly be well received by them. You should never underestimate the power of a varied diet for a goat, or how much they will benefit from eating a variety of foods. Potato skin isn’t the most exciting thing on the menu, but it’s something new to try.
It will also provide some nutritional benefits. It will be mostly fiber, which is the foundation of a goat’s diet. The majority of what they eat should be fiber, so they will always benefit from a little extra. Beyond that, however, potato skins are nutritionally devoid.
There will be other minerals and vitamins present, but not enough to make a significant difference in their diet.
Potato skins add a little extra fiber and variety to a goat’s diet. You should not expect your goat to feel or look better after eating them! There are, however, some caveats and potential risks.
Is potato peels harmful to goats?
Potato skins are not inherently harmful to goats. However, there are a few things you should be aware of. First and foremost, you must ensure that the skin did not come from any underripe, green potatoes.
If there is any green on the skin, leave it alone and do not feed it to your goats. The green substance can seriously harm your goat. So avoid giving them underripe potato skins. You should also avoid overfeeding them on potato peel. Though it would take a lot to cause serious harm, it is still a possibility.
Given the nutritional value of potato skins, you must ensure that the rest of their diet provides them with the nutrients they require. On such a diet, don’t expect them to eat anything they can get their hands on.
What Happens When a Goat Eats Green Potato Peels?
A goat can become very ill if it consumes green potato peels.
If you’re not sure whether the potato peels are ripe enough for goats to eat, don’t give them any at all.
Instead of potato peels, what should I feed my goat?
There are many alternatives to feeding potato peels if you are looking for something different. In place of potato peels, goats will prefer hay, grass, vegetables, and fruits.
Can goats eat the peel of a sweet potato?
Sweet potato peel, like regular potato peel, is completely safe. This question has essentially the same answer. It’s not dangerous, and the goats will almost certainly continue to enjoy it—but it’s not primarily nutritious.
It’s also a good idea to avoid overfeeding them on sweet potato peel. It might be a little more palatable and enjoyable to them, but that’s about it.
So, is it better to eat it cooked or raw?
Is it possible for goats to eat cooked potato peels?
Yes, they can, but you should be cautious of what the potatoes were cooked in. If you have cooked potato skins left over, for example. These are still safe to feed to your goat, but consider the impact of the added oil and spices.
Both of these could be harmful to your goat, which is why I normally advise against feeding cooked foods. Again, I may be overly cautious, but I believe it for good reason.
Can goats consume raw potato peels?
Yes, raw potato peel is the best option. They will enjoy it more this way because their bodies are accustomed to only raw food—wild goats cannot cook!
As previously stated, most people save the potato peel after cooking and feed it to the goats. The diet you give them should be as close to what they would get in the wild as possible.
They would not have cooked anything in the wild, of course. Yes, raw potato peel is perfectly safe for goats and is the preferred method of feeding them.
Then potato peel is a good and safe snack for your goats. It’s not exactly a nutritional powerhouse, but they’ll enjoy the snack and it won’t harm them in any way.
But, as I previously stated, you should not make it a regular part of their diet. Though it may seem unlikely, a goat eating too much potato skin is a real possibility. Don’t take that chance; instead, give them small amounts of potato peels.