Can Goats Eat Magnolia Leaves?

Magnolia trees are a part of the trees we found in our surrounding environment.

If you have a magnolia tree in the garden, and you are raising goats as pets, you might be wondering if you can serve magnolia leaves to the goats as treats.

In this post, you are going to discover if it is good to serve magnolia leaves to the goats and other ruminant animals in the yard.

Can goats eat magnolia leaves? Goats can eat magnolia leaves. Magnolia leaves do not contain toxic substances. You can serve magnolia leaves to the goats as a treat. 

So you should never panic if you discover that your goat eat magnolia leaves while they are on free range in the surrounding area

Are Magnolia leaves safe for goats?

I would like to tell you that magnolia leaves are safe for goats. Magnolia leaves do not contain any toxic substance that can affect the body system of goats.

This is the first question which should always come to your mind anytime you want to introduce new treats to the goat.

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You need to know the level of toxicity in the new treat you want to serve the Goat and other pets you have in the garden.  

Any treats that contain a high percentage of toxicity cannot be served to the goat .

Wellness of your pet should be your top priority and that’s why you should always look into any new treat you want to introduce to them before you go ahead and serve them.

There are some pet owners who have turned their goats into garbage cleaners. As a result of this, they feed the goats with anything they have. 

This is a bad practice and this can put the life of the pets into danger. You also need to know the right proportion of the things to solve the goat to be on safeside. 

To be more certain about this, I also asked other goat owners around me about feeding magnolia leaves to the goats. 

Majority of them said that magnolia leaves do not have any bad effects on the well-being of the goats. 

A member of the Homesteading Today forum said his goats usually eat magnolia anytime he serves them. They are always happy to eat the leaves. 

Another member said that his goats do not show any sign of sickness since the time they have been eating magnolia leaves.

All these shows that magnolia leaves are safe for the goats. So you can include magnolia leaves among the treats you serve the goats.

How do I introduce magnolia leaves to my goats?

Introducing magnolia leaves to the goats should not be complicated. But it is very important to go slow at first whenever you want to introduce the leaves to the goat. 

There is a high chance that they are going to reject the leaves if you rush them. 

So it is important to introduce it to them gradually and then increase the amount depending on how they show interest towards the leaves. 

You cut off a branch from magnolia plants and put the leaves into the feeders for the goats. 

The goats will finish all the leaves you serve in the feeder if they find it palatable. 

Another thing is that the goats might ignore the leaves at first and you may be thinking that they did not like it.

No, goats behave like that sometimes. They might first ignore a new treat you serve them and they will later come back to it and finish everything. 

However, if it appears that they are nodding their heads towards the magnolia leaves, it means that they are not interested and you should take it away. 

How often do I feed my goats with magnolia leaves?

Now you know that you can serve magnolia leaves to the goats. This does not mean that you should go all out and start serving their lives to the goat regularly.

I know it can be very tempting to embark on serving magnolia leaves to the chickens if it happens that you have them in abundance within the surrounding area. 

Magnolia leaves should not be served more than two times to the goat in a month even if you have them a lot in the garden.

Can magnolia leaves cause bloating in goats?

Magnolia leaves can cause bloating in goats if the gorge on the leaves. But it can be a rare occasion for goats to gorge on magnolia leaves except when they don’t have any other thing to eat and they are hungry.

It is obvious that goats are a ruminant animal and they have complex stomachs. It is easy for them to experience bloating if they eat too much of anything.

This will occur as a result of numerous microbes in their stomachs. If they go to manage a large quantity of a treat, the microbes in their stomach release chemicals to break down the treat fast.

All this really needs to chain reaction in their stomachs which often result in bloating of the goats. 

Bloating can cause a serious illness on goats and this is the reason why you need to control the amount of treats they are going to consume. 

Can goats survive on magnolia leaves?

The short answer to this question is no. You should never allow the goats to survive on magnolia leaves alone. 

The reason is that magnolia leaves do not contain all the essential nutrients needed by the goats to remain healthy. 

Can baby goats eat magnolia leaves?

You should never serve magnolia leaves to the kids. The reason is that they are yet to develop a vibrant digestive system that will bring down the leaves when they eat it. 

Besides that, kids still need more protein and calcium in their feed so that they are going to develop properly and maintain strong bones in the body.

Other treats you can serve the goats

There are some other treats you can serve the goats if it happens that they reject the magnolia leaves you serve them. 


Goats can eat oranges. Oranges are a good source of vitamins and minerals for the goats. You just help them to get rid of the seed before you serve it to them. They can eat the orange peels as well. 


Cabbage is one of the healthy vegetables you can serve goats. Cabbage is a good source of antioxidants which helps to boost the immune system of the goats. 


Goats can eat apples. Apples provide the goats with fiber which aids the digestive process on goats. Goats can eat apples as a whole or you can slice them into pieces. 


Bread can be served to the goats as a treat. Bread is a good source of carbohydrates for the goats. However, you should not serve chocolate bread for the goats. Chocolate is toxic to goats. 


Goats can eat magnolia leaves. Magnolia leaves are safe for the goats as they do not contain any toxins. You can serve magnolia leaves along with other vegetables for the goat. Moderation is the key when it comes to serving treats to the goat and the same thing goes for magnolia leaves.