I know the squirrels and deer are really happy BUT .... Geesh! They are so thick this yr and huge! Under the big oaks it is like a carpet.
We've had great weather this fall, and with the rain we still have grass in the pasture. But can't put the Dexters out, because of the acorns. We're having to hay and can only use 2 areas right now. It is something. Moving them between the 2 is fun, it takes a couple people. LOL Judith especially has a taste for them. We have to keep them moving. One person in front with a bucket, and the other in the rear keeping everyone going.
We,too, are having a problem with our critters eating acorns but it's our horses that most concern us. We have to keep them corralled so that they cannot get to them for worries that they will colic. Once a good wind brings them down I can clean them up! Our piggies love them as do our goats and I have not heard a problem with them eating acorns. In fact, I understand pork that is fed acorns is considered fabulous in Europe. But, our cattle has not shown an interest. Should we be concerned about our Dexters eating acorns? Our horses digestive system is a bit more high maintenance than our other critters. AG
No it should not be a problem. The only time it could be an issue is when exposing them to them when they are not use to it and having them over eat them Or if the cows did not have enough hay or grass and were forced to eat a lot of them. Our cows have access to lots of acorns.
A couple of years we have had huge crops of acorns. I rigged a temporary fence with 1/2" tape and spring handles. Drove in a few T-posts to mark the acorn area. I anchored the tape with insulators so that it would not be hot when it wasn't in use. Then I would pull the tape across the T-posts to the regular fence. Hooking it to the fence energized it.
I pulled this tape across both ends of the acorn area so the livestock could only get in there when I wanted them to. I allowed them in about an hour each day.
They were very glad to be let into the acorns and easy to run out of the area. After a couple of weeks they had eaten all the acorns and none had gotten sick from it.
I made sure to give them plenty of dry hay every day, too. That helped keep things moving inside them.
I haven't had a big crop of acorns in 2 or 3 years, now. I guess the weather determines when you will get a big crop. We have had extremes of weather lately. wet or dry, hot or cold.