Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Myra Isaac's discussion Under weight does
"Have you given them a dewormer? Have you checked for lice?"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Laura Nicklas's blog post Feeding Kids
"That is so sad! I hate it when people do that.  It doesn't always work. Glad he finally got the hang of it."
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Laura Nicklas commented on Laura Nicklas's blog post Feeding Kids
"Thank you Deborah. We got him on Friday and don't know till we drove 3 hours he had just been taken off his mama. Today is finally figured it out and is sucking up a storm. He's very active. A little skinny but we are working on that! He…"
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Under weight does

Are there other reasons than parasites that can cause weight loss? I have 2 does who were both quite zinc deficient this last winter. I have supplemented and the one especially is showing signs of improvement. Coat color coming back, hair growing in on her nose etc. Both does are quite underweight and they're getting, free choice hay, Chaffhaye every evening and BOSS every evening with grain occasionally. I have 2 other does who are doing well with this regime and I'm puzzled as to how to put…See More
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Laura Nicklas's blog post Feeding Kids
"Welcome to the group! If you post questions in the "Forum," you'll get a better response. The "Blog" section is really just for blog posts. To learn more about the different sections of the community, click on…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Paul Badon's blog post Building a Goat Maze to maxamize Browse on one acre
"Welcome to the group! Do you have goats yet? Perhaps I'm not understanding what you're planning, but if you put baby fruit trees in with goats, they'll eat them. Trees have to have a trunk that's at least 3-4" diameter to…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Baking Soda
"There is nothing wrong with the idea of having it available on the milk stand, per se, but you would still need a free choice baking soda holder available to the goats 24/7. The goats need access to the baking soda when their rumen is feeling a…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Angela lesh's discussion Question? One of the quads will not suck.
"I would not have thought much about this a few months ago. However, two months ago we lost a kid because her mother got her leg caught in the kid's coat. Somehow her leg went through the neck hole and the front leg hole. When my husband went…"
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Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Judy H's discussion Soap/Shampoo for bathing?
"Or if you had horses, a horse shampoo would work too. "
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Bev Sieminski, Winding Rvr Farm replied to Angela lesh's discussion Question? One of the quads will not suck.
"I have made a couple of little coats for babies that need extra warmth, they are nylon lined with fleese.    I have a little boy that just can't seem to stay warm at night.  He is several weeks - healthy, runs around all day but…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Angela lesh's discussion First freshner kids with quad girls. Yikes.
"Kids generally double their weight by 1-2 weeks. She is on track for double by two weeks, so that's pretty good. Keep trying! You're headed in the right direction. "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Soap/Shampoo for bathing?
"We always used our own homemade goat milk soap. Dawn is too harsh. There's no problem with using a dog shampoo, as long as it isn't medicated. I know you wouldn't do that, but someone else reading this might, so I figured I should…"
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Soap/Shampoo for bathing?

I am bathing my does for the first time and am looking for soap recommendation.  In the archives I read that some people use goat milk soap.  Any particular brand recommended?  I see a few references to Dawn, but I prefer to stay away from that.  Can I just use my dog's gentle shampoo?See More
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Angela lesh replied to Angela lesh's discussion First freshner kids with quad girls. Yikes.
"Thanks for all the help. My littlest doe weighed 1.8 lbs at birth. She's 4 days now and 1.13. Growing but not as fast as I would like. She will nurse forever but I don't think she can suck very hard. She so far can't figure out the…"
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Under weight does

Started by Myra Isaac in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 18 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Are there other reasons than parasites that can cause weight loss? I have 2 does who were both quite zinc deficient this last winter. I have supplemented and the one especially is showing signs of improvement. Coat color coming back, hair growing in…Continue

Baking Soda

Started by Judy Asarkof in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 6 hours ago. 12 Replies

Just came across a discussion that baking soda interferes with mineral absorption. Anyone have more info- agreeing or conflicting with this?

Question? One of the quads will not suck.

Started by Angela lesh in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 10 hours ago. 4 Replies

The littlest of the three remaining kids from the quad birth is very little and has only sucked two times. Every few hours I try a bottle ( no sucking) here either, so I squirt some into her mouth. She is walking but weak. The mom has very runny…Continue

Soap/Shampoo for bathing?

Started by Judy H in Health. Last reply by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

I am bathing my does for the first time and am looking for soap recommendation.  In the archives I read that some people use goat milk soap.  Any particular brand recommended?  I see a few references to Dawn, but I prefer to stay away from that.…Continue

First freshner kids with quad girls. Yikes.

Started by Angela lesh in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 7 Replies

My first freshner had a baby girl about 1 this afternoon. Her mom always had triplets so I was bummed it was one but mom and baby were healthy, I waited till 5 to make sure there was no more babies coming. I left for my sons game and got a call from…Continue

Kefir

Started by Karen Miller in Home Dairy. Last reply by Kristi Stone yesterday. 1 Reply

Kefir question: When I was done milking my goats last Fall I decided to try to keep my kefir grains alive in the fridge using pastuerized milk from the store because I didn't have any more goat milk. I have had them in the same jar for the past 5…Continue

Calcium carbonate vs. dolomite

Started by Kitty in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 1 Reply

I am reading what seems to be an excellent book on raising goats right now.  I keep seeing people on forums/groups mention feeding calcium carbonate, but this book (Natural Goat Care by Pat Coleby) says not to feed calcium carbonate, but to feed…Continue

Help! What's wrong with my buckling's eye??

Started by Myra Isaac in Health. Last reply by Kristi Stone on Saturday. 6 Replies

Went out to feed my bottle babies and couldn't find Mischif. When I did I noticed immediately that his eye was all gunky. My 2 bottle babies have been coughing and having gunky noses so I just figured Mischief had a bit of that. I cleaned it off and…Continue

weak kid

Started by Joan Teebagy in Kidding. Last reply by Kristi Stone on Saturday. 9 Replies

My doe had triplets early yesterday evening. She is 9 and an experienced mother. The kids weighed, about 4 lbs 3.75 lbs and 3 lbs The smallest just could not get the idea of nursing despite the doe and I encouraging him. I milked some colostrum and…Continue

Free choice Selenium

Started by Ruth Goode in Health. Last reply by Kristi Stone on Saturday. 8 Replies

Thank you to Deborah  for the informative webinar this morning!  You mentioned a free choice "Selenium Bucket".  I could not find it through Caprine Supply or Hoeggar??  Where can it be purchased?Continue

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Blog Posts

Feeding Kids

Posted by Laura Nicklas on April 26, 2015 at 9:30am 3 Comments

We have 2 kid bucks. Trouble is 15 days old and lost his mama at 4 days old. He takes his bottle well. Little Bit is 10 days old and fights the bottle. We use a syringe for the most part. He bites at it rather than sucks. We have tried different nipples, different milk, and dipped it in honey/molasses. He is a hand full at feeding time. Any suggestions?

Building a Goat Maze to maxamize Browse on one acre

Posted by Paul Badon on April 25, 2015 at 7:40pm 1 Comment

Am interested in developing a Permaculture version of raising Nigerian Dwarfs for my own use not a business............ I am on Face Book as Permaculture for Georgia........ I like to call my Effort The Goat Maze Home of the Amazing Goats.My effort is 10 does one billy and babies only once a year........ My Goat Maze is on one acre , the pens are set up with 10 plastic tote houses in the center with browsing sections that look like a orange cut…
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how old to breed

Posted by Dion Walters on April 23, 2015 at 10:40pm 3 Comments

what is right age for a buck to start breeding. i have a lamancha x nubian doe…

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Morning time with the animals

Posted by James Tinker on April 23, 2015 at 10:52am 0 Comments

After taking the children to school I went to the farm. It is a very peacefull way to start off the work day. As you can see it is on the river bank and floods so for a month or so a year I have to move everyone to another place. That is why I chose to make my chicken coop on a trailer. Lock them up at night and move in the mornings when needed. Now I have some ducklings that I have added. This morning there was a pilliated woodpecker and what I call sapsuckers pecking away while I was…

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Yogurt Maker

2-quart milk pail


Mineral feeder (put minerals in one side and baking soda in the other!)

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