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Tammy Gallagher replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"Actually, especially for your doelings, they need the calcium in the alfalfa to meet the demands of their fast growing bones. I keep my doelings on alfalfa pellets and grain, as well as grass hay ad lib, and loose goat minerals/baking soda available…"
Saturday
Jonathan Pearce replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"I'm in Colorado. I don't know exactly when they were weaned. The 2 I am concerned about are doelings and they have had nothing but alfalfa hay, a couple of manna pro treat+probiotic per day and a few carrots and asparagus stems. I have…"
Saturday
Tammy Gallagher replied to Maggie's discussion Weak kid
"Please keep us posted on her progress!"
Saturday
Tammy Gallagher replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"Hi Jonathan What state are you in? If you are still experiencing winter weather, it is less likely that you have an intestinal parasite issue. Most intestinal parasites need warm (typically above 60 degrees) moist conditions to hatch out in a…"
Saturday
Jonathan Pearce replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"I'm not sure how to upload photos. They do have outdoor access, but just to a dirt lot. We got more snow last night but plan to start introducing them pasture when it melts. No diarrhea, but their eyes do look more white than pink to me. When…"
Saturday
Tammy Gallagher replied to Jonathan Pearce's discussion Possible parasite?
"It sounds like they may have 'hay belly' =)  Are they looking like this all the time? Do they go outside the barn at all? Any diarrhea? At what age were they weaned? Could you post some pictures? They certainly can get…"
Saturday
Jonathan Pearce posted a discussion

Possible parasite?

I am new to raising goats and have 3 kids ranging from 10-14 weeks. I usually refill the hay trough about 3 times per day. I have noticed that their bellies are looking really big and when they see me reach for the pitch fork they come running (they are still in the barn with hay as 95% of their food source.) I started googling and saw something that made me concerned there might be a parasite. Does anyone have any advice as to what to check for? I'm slowly introducing them to open pasture this…See More
Saturday
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Early/premature labor
"Thanks guys! Yeah I know she wasn’t really off I just teased her about being late for her. Yeah I always keep an eye on their weight to make sure they’re growing. I pulled one of the kids because it’s tiny and needs some extra help…"
Friday
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Weak kid
"Thanks guys! Yeah she is the smallest kid i have ever seen. I didnt expect her to live through the night but she did. Yes I am mostly syringe feeding her but she is able to nurse from mom if i hold her up. However with her mostly inside and mom…"
Friday
Leslie Carion replied to Ann Bodling's discussion Kids and Minerals
"Thanks Tammy, that makes me feel better. We were getting some pretty good hay over the winter because it seems to be when I was finally getting the second or maybe even third cut for a short time...first cut seems to last an eternity here. The last…"
Friday
Tammy Gallagher replied to Maggie's discussion Weak kid
"Oh wow! That is SUPER tiny! I had a 1 pounder a couple years ago. She literally fit in my outstretched hand. I fed her around the clock every 2-3 hours with a syringe for about 3 or 4 days until she was strong enough to actually suckle. My concern…"
Friday
Tammy Gallagher replied to Ann Bodling's discussion Kids and Minerals
"I had a situation recently where my boys were consuming minerals like gang busters all of the sudden and it made me super nervous as well. It seemed that they were in need of something that wasn't available after the pastures died off for the…"
Friday
Tammy Gallagher replied to Maggie's discussion Early/premature labor
"I'm so glad that things are turning around for you Maggie! Congrats on the quads! Be sure to keep an eye on how much they are gaining. NDs should gain about 4 oz per day. I've had them start out just a little short on that number but then…"
Friday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Ann Bodling's discussion Kids and Minerals
"It totally depends on how deficient they were in some minerals. In 19 years of raising goats, I have never heard of one overdosing on loose minerals. Have you actually been weighing the minerals?  Do you have only pet wethers? Why did you…"
Friday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Early/premature labor
"Congratulations! Day 146 is right on time!!! Anything between 145 and 150 is perfectly normal. "
Friday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Weak kid
"If she is under a pound, I'm surprised she's alive! Wow! The smallest kid I've eveer had survive was somewhere around 1 pound and 4 ounces, and she couldn't stand at all for two or three days. She would have starved to death if…"
Friday
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Early/premature labor
"Update on my doe who had kidded early both times before, as predicted this year she went late haha. Day 146 with quads! Goats always keep me guessing!"
Friday
Maggie posted a discussion

Weak kid

I have a kid who was born yesterday and I’m trying to determine if she is just tiny and weak or if there is something else going on like a selenium issue or other problem. Her front legs are perfectly strong and normal but her back legs are very weak. She seems to walk on her knees. She tries to stand but the back legs always buckle. Now again she was born yesterday, so this may just take time but I want to get ahead of it. She was one of quads, she was the smallest (under 1lb) and the last to…See More
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Possible parasite?

Started by Jonathan Pearce in Goats 101. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher on Saturday. 5 Replies

I am new to raising goats and have 3 kids ranging from 10-14 weeks. I usually refill the hay trough about 3 times per day. I have noticed that their bellies are looking really big and when they see me reach for the pitch fork they come running (they…Continue

Weak kid

Started by Maggie in Kidding. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher on Saturday. 4 Replies

I have a kid who was born yesterday and I’m trying to determine if she is just tiny and weak or if there is something else going on like a selenium issue or other problem. Her front legs are perfectly strong and normal but her back legs are very…Continue

Early/premature labor

Started by Maggie in Kidding. Last reply by Maggie on Friday. 23 Replies

How early is too early for a goat to go into labor? What is the earliest that a doe can safely kid? Continue

Kids and Minerals

Started by Ann Bodling in Goats 101. Last reply by Leslie Carion on Friday. 8 Replies

Hi all,  At what age do most kids normally begin licking from the free choice mineral feeders?  Mine 4 wethers are about 10 weeks old and I brought them home from the breeder two days ago. They are on Kalmbach medicated meat goat feed and free…Continue

Intro and itchy/mites question

Started by Leslie Carion in Health. Last reply by Leslie Carion Apr 10. 27 Replies

Hi, my name is Leslie and I'm new to the site. I have 3 wethers (triplet brothers all arrived together in June 2020) just about to turn one year old. I have my first question regarding significant itching and stomping of feet and possible mites. I…Continue

Copper? Zinc? Selenium?

Started by Maggie in Health. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Apr 9. 24 Replies

I’m seeing symptoms in my goats that I believe to be mineral related. However I’m not sure which mineral(s) if it is indeed a mineral issue. Hair loss on body usually sides or spine. No hair loss on face or tail. Flakey, white skin patches. Rear leg…Continue

Feeding 12 week old wethers

Started by Ann Bodling in Goats 101. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Apr 9. 6 Replies

Hi Friends,  A feeding question...the 4 wethers came last week and took to the hay and the medicated feed well. I am feeding Kalmbach medicated meat goat feed and was planning on feeding for a couple more months or until the 50 pound bag is…Continue

Getting my goats used to me

Started by Jonathan Pearce in Introductions. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Apr 8. 1 Reply

I picked up 2 kids about a week ago and they hadn't had much human interaction. We have been sitting in the pen just reading for about 20 minutes a couple of times per day to try and show them we mean no harm. When we first go in the scatter, but…Continue

Feeding does

Started by kenneth spear in Goats 101. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Mar 30. 6 Replies

Both our girls had twins, and r doing great. But, wanted to make sure, we r feeding them enough. They r getting Purina goat chow, alfalfa pellets, and BOSS with all grass hay. Have been wormed, regular, But they act they r starving to death. Again,…Continue

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Started by kenneth spear in Introductions. Last reply by kenneth spear Mar 29. 3 Replies

Deborah, we worm our goats with Manna Pro Positive Pellets Goat Dewormer with 10 oz, ever 60 days. Have 3 pictures as u ask . Again thanksContinue

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updates

Posted by kenneth spear on December 19, 2020 at 9:49am 0 Comments

 our girls are really getting big now, and showing . they will be due late March early April, we r so excited .  we wanted, to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.   will keep u all posted later, bout our girls

My ND goats

Posted by Julia M Willams on January 2, 2017 at 2:26pm 3 Comments

Hi everyone! I thought maybe you all might want to see some pictures of my goats. So here they are, I hope you enjoy them...

I'm glad they don't mind the snow, because we're sure getting a lot this year!…

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A Year (and a half) in Review

Posted by Naomi D'Andrea on December 11, 2016 at 9:29pm 3 Comments

Bought the kids July 2015. Bred Mira January, first travel and goat-sitters March, babies June, learned how to milk, sold babies August, started playing with chevre and cheddar, built cheese press, rigged a sort of cheese cave, expanded goat yard, added more play structures for the goats...

...and I keep putting off the eternal question from Willow, "Can I keep another doe next year?" I keep waiting for the proverbial bloom to fall. I waited to see if she'd get tired of the constant…

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Old Haunt Blog Announcement!

Posted by Old Haunt Farm on May 21, 2016 at 6:41am 2 Comments

Hi Folks!

I'm announcing my new (still being edited and added to, but published) farm website complete with blog! I wanted to put the blog link here, since it's about my recent (and first) kidding experience. I've gotten a TON of support here over the past few weeks, and I thought I'd share this story with you as a sort of thank you! I hope you enjoy it! Here's the link...…

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