Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Janie Hynson left a comment for Amanda Schafer
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Jun 11
Madeline Novak replied to Madeline Novak's discussion Ear - Goo on Week Old Kid
"Thanks - it cleared up on its own. I guess its just a mystery :)"
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"Currently we have one Nigerian Dwarf Doeling for sale."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Laura Milko's discussion Baby goats not quite right!
"I know it's really hard to get milk into them when they're used to nursing. We had a doe die several years ago whose triplets were 5 weeks old, and it took about 5-7 days to get all three of them to understand that we really were not…"
May 31
Laura Milko replied to Laura Milko's discussion Baby goats not quite right!
"Well this morning we forced another couple of ounces into them.  They screamed, we got soaked and that was that. We are going to buy a better scale so we can weigh them all the time as well.  My husband is an engineer as well and said…"
May 31
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Laura Milko's discussion Baby goats not quite right!
"She is producing milk. Otherwise her kids would be dead already. She is not producing enough though. Kids need a minimum of 16 ounces per day to survive. The more they get, the faster they grow, and they do really well on 32 ounces a day. When…"
May 31
Laura Milko replied to Laura Milko's discussion Baby goats not quite right!
"Sorry for the delay.  One of my 8 week old does decided to rip the tip of her ear off! never ends... 1.  Peek-a-boo had 3 babies and we were present for this and no they were not born in a pile of poop but on towels/puppy pads.  She…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jacob Patrick Kirtley's discussion New to milking
"If you're milking twice a day, that's not too bad! For max production with a single kid, you either need to be milking twice a day without separating, or milking once a day after separating the kid overnight."
May 30
Jacob Patrick Kirtley replied to Jacob Patrick Kirtley's discussion New to milking
"So update since I last posted its been 13 days since she kidded and Im getting about 1 cup when I milk her and the kid is still with mom 24/7.  So better than when I started but just enough to be frustrating lol."
May 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Laura Milko's discussion Baby goats not quite right!
"The kids are starving. Six-week-old NDs should weigh about 13 to 16 pounds. The average weight gain should be about 4 ounces per day, and most kids double their birth weight within two weeks and then triple it by a month to six weeks. It is very…"
May 30
Laura Milko replied to Laura Milko's discussion Baby goats not quite right!
"Hi Deborah Thanks for the reply.  A little back history on the Doe.  She is a first freshener and she is only on hay at moment except once a week for the natural dewormer added to some feed.  The feed is alfalfa/timothy, boss, kelp,…"
May 30
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Laura Milko's discussion Baby goats not quite right!
"Is it possible that they are simply not getting enough milk. How much do the kids weigh? Is the mom a first freshener? If not, how much milk did she produce in her last lactation?  It is really rare to see worms in kids, but if the kids are not…"
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Ear - Goo on Week Old Kid

Started by Madeline Novak in Kidding. Last reply by Madeline Novak Jun 11. 4 Replies

Hello All! I have silently been reading for years, ya'll are so helpful - I was wondering if you have any advise for me.  One of our does had three kids last week, two regular size, one super small (1.4 ounces on the second day).  A week later, she…Continue

Baby goats not quite right!

Started by Laura Milko in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 31. 7 Replies

This April one of our does gave birth to 3 kids.  2 bucks and 1 doe.  The doe died at 4 weeks.  She was weak, didn't gain any weight (3 pounds at most) and just not thriving period.  The bucks are now 6 weeks and are just not, in our opinion, quite…Continue

New to milking

Started by Jacob Patrick Kirtley in Home Dairy. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 30. 7 Replies

My sweet girl just gave birth to her first baby girl a week ago yesterday. I tried to get some milk from her through the week but was getting less than 2oz and last night I separated them for a short period so I could milk mom this morning and got…Continue

Advice appreciated for arranging our new paddock

Started by Garry Mellan in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 29. 5 Replies

Looking for advise please. We are preparing our 4 acre hobby farm for 4 registered NDs due here next month. I have cleared and prepared a 900 ft paddock fenced with 4 inch spaced woven wire fence 48 inches high with a shock wire on top of that to…Continue

Standard body weight

Started by Amalia Young in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 23. 7 Replies

Being new to raising goats, I am wondering if ours are at the right weight. I read the “Body Condition Scores in Goats” resource from one of Deborah’s older posts, and will try to assess our goats’ weight this way. However, I was wondering if there…Continue

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Hello from North Carolina

Started by Janie Hynson in Introductions. Last reply by Amalia Young May 22. 8 Replies

Hello Everyone,I just moved back to North Carolina (where I am from originally) after living in Boston for the past 6 years. I am currently looking for land to begin my homesteading adventures, so do not have goats or any other animals yet but hope…Continue

So happy to be here!

Started by Amalia Young in Introductions. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea May 22. 2 Replies

Hi everyone, my name is Amalia, and I live in Northern California with my husband Richard. Four years ago we "escaped" the city and moved higher up in elevation, where one can see the stars at night :-) We have two acres of land and last year we…Continue

When to separate a buckling

Started by Jabe Thomas in Goats 101. Last reply by Jabe Thomas May 15. 2 Replies

Just hoping to hear from those who have experience weaning bucklings and preparing them to leave the farm. We have always wethered our bucklings, but have been working to improve our herd and have a nice little buckling this time around that we are…Continue

Tags: weaning, buckling

TRACTOR SUPPLIES GOAT CARE PAIL

Started by EDITH SANDRIDGE in Introductions. Last reply by EDITH SANDRIDGE May 15. 2 Replies

HI EVERYONE MY NAME IS EDITH SANDRIDGE AND I HAVE 7 NIGERIAN AND 2 MINI SILKY FAINTING GOATS. I HAVE HAD GOATS FOR SOME TIME  NOW AND LOVE THEM DEARLY. I HAVE 6 DOES GETTING READY TO KID WITHIN THE NEXT 2 WEEKS. I HAVE LEARNED ALOT OVER THE YEARS…Continue

Feeding/bonding issue

Started by Judy H in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 2. 3 Replies

I have a doe that kidded 2 days ago with 2 large does.  Sadly one died.  Mama is super attentive to her remaining kid, over attentive, constantly licking.  But Mama will not stand for her kid to eat.  The kid is weak and not aggressive, still can't…Continue

Blog Posts

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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When can goat kids go out on pasture?

Posted by Sophie on May 20, 2016 at 4:28pm 1 Comment

Hey! I have a question for anyone who'd be kind enough to answer! :) I'm new to goat, we just got 3 NG last week. One 7 year old milking doe, a 15 week old and a 8 week old doeling. When can the babies start going out to pasture? (we have a very safe and "kid" proof pasture) They haven't been in the pasture yet so I'm thinking I have to work them up to it like horses? How would I exactly do that? Also, the doe hasn't been in the pasture for a week but that's fine to put her in it all day…

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