Can Goats Eat Rice? (Health Benefits/Risks)

Yes, goats can eat rice. Raw or cooked; goats can eat both! Also, there are several types of rice such as white rice, brown rice, and sprouted ones. Goats can eat all of them.

Rice feeding can prove to be quite beneficial for your goats’ health due to its high nutritional value. As a treat, it is a perfect option you have.

Is Rice Good for Goats?

Rice is a nutritious diet. It contains several beneficial components like Vitamin E, iron, carbohydrates, folate, and calcium. However, rice is relatively low on fiber.

Goats require all these minerals in small and large quantities so you can adjust the quantity as per requirements.

Vitamins are important for goats as they are essential for goats’ normal growth, normal reproduction, and growth. 

Minerals like calcium and potassium are crucial for goats from different health perspectives. For instance, calcium is essential for lactating goats to avoid parturient paresis which is otherwise known as milk fever.

Wild and brown rice have very high nutritional value as they are not much processed. On the other hand, white rice is not much beneficial as it is already drained out of almost all the nutrients.

Sprouts help in digestion and increase milk production. They also help in maintaining the good health of developing babies. 

Besides all of that, there is still something you should watch out for!

First, don’t make rice as a regular and only diet for your goats. And second, don’t overfeed. While taking care of these two points, you can go ahead and feed rice to your herd of goats.

Is it Bad for Goats?

Rice is not bad for goats in any way. It is a very nutritious diet and you can feed it to your goats whether cooked or uncooked.

There is a myth that uncooked rice is not good for goats as it will swell up in their belly. That’s not true. As soon as rice reaches the goat’s belly, the process of digestion starts right away.

So, rice doesn’t really get a chance to swell up in the goat’s stomach. Hence, there is nothing to worry about in this regard.

There can be some negative outcomes if you introduce rice in your goats’ diet suddenly. So, as a rule of thumb, don’t ever have sudden changes in your goats’ diet.

Is Uncooked Rice Dangerous for Goats?

Uncooked rice is not dangerous for goats. Yes, there is a myth prevailing that rice will swell up in goats’ stomachs and will damage the digestive system of goats.

However, that’s not true. We have discussed this point earlier. The digestion process starts as soon as rice enters the goats’ stomach and is digested before it ever gets the chance of expanding.

So, you need not worry. Uncooked rice is not dangerous for goats. The only way it can pose any danger is if you end up overfeeding it to your goats.

Can Goats Eat Brown Rice?

Goats can definitely eat brown rice. Brown rice is highly nutritious and can be very beneficial for your goats’ health.

Brown rice is not too processed so its nutritional value almost remains intact. So, if you want to feed brown rice to your goats, you can do it. Just keep the quantities balanced.

Can Goats Eat Rice Krispies?

Rice Krispies’ ingredients include rice, sugar, salt with a concentration of less than 2%, malt flavor, vitamins, essentially B6, B1, B2, B12, and D3. 

Rice Krispies also include iron, niacinamide and folic acid. 

Considering all the ingredients present in rice Krispies, it is safe to say that goats can eat rice Krispies. However, some ingredients such as niacinamide (nicotinamide) are only safe if consumed in a certain quantity.

So, while watching out for the safe quantity of each ingredient consumed, you can feed rice Krispies to your goats.


Goats can eat rice but you should feed it in balanced quantities to your goats. It would be better if you feed rice as a treat only.

Yes, it’s true that rice has a high nutritional value and can be very advantageous in boosting up your goats’ energy level. So, you can add it to your goats’ diet from time to time.

In the end, you gotta watch out for the diet of your goats. Keep it balanced, and you will go on to be a happy goat keeper.