Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Copper dosage (weight related)
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Glenna Rose replied to James Tinker's discussion Just got my first NDs
"Congratulations - little sweeties (the two-legged one too)."
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Copper dosage (weight related)

I've just spent time searching for copper dosages.  In the past, I have given 1/2 capsule to adults and 1/4 to youngsters.  Now that I know how heavy Ginger (3 years old) is compared to Summer (4 years old and milking), I am thinking this might not be the best dosage for Ginger with there being a 20-pound difference in their weight.  Summer = 62.4 lbs.  Ginger = 80 lbs.   Dancer = 69.8 lbs.  Dollie = 45.8 lbs.Dollie is 10-1/2 months old but adult weight.  If I look at what I was doing before…See More
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion Just got my first NDs
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Rachel Payne replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Not pregnant - frustrated
"It's mostly a few people sharing their personal experiences, and I think they were breeding standards out of season. In articles published from universities, they mostly mention "buck effect" in regards to breeding out of season for…"
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James Tinker replied to James Tinker's discussion Just got my first NDs
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Just got my first NDs

Yes, I have been on here for 4 years learning all that I can and just this past week got my first NDs. 2 little bucklings (for now) Patches and Goldie. Goldie is the one my son is feeding and Patches is the other. they are about  days old.…See More
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Learn the basics of making money with your goats by selling soap, dairy products, compost, and leather, and putting your goats to work in a landscaping business. This webinar covers the business and legal side of selling products from your homestead. To learn more about how to make products with goats and how they can enhance your homestead, check out "Goats as the Centerpiece of a Diversified Homestead."The webinar begins at 8 p.m. central time, and will last about an hour plus plenty of time…See More
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Emily replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Can goats balance their nutrient needs?
"The mass consumption of minerals has stopped. Apparently it was just a phase. Hopefully when the Selenium gets in we won't have this issue anymore. "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle commented on Laura Smits's status
"You should post this in the forum. Status updates are very fleeting, and there isn't much room for discussing things. Click on "Forum" at the top of the page, then click "Add" to create a new discussion. This sounds very…"
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"We have a first freshener that had pink teats when kidded and now they are turning black. Has anyone seen this and why?"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Not pregnant - frustrated
"Interesting observation. I've never seen that. My does have almost always gotten pregnant on the first heat after being put with a buck. I can only think of one doe that didn't give birth about five months plus a week or two after being…"
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Rachel Payne replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Not pregnant - frustrated
"After the first couple of times of waiting for the does to go into heat to breed being unsuccessful, I decided to pen breed instead. They would go into heat within a couple of days of being put with the buck, and I would remove them. I've been…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Hair Loss on legs and dry coat
"That's what I bought. We've been giving 1/8 teaspoon twice a day (which is more than they recommend) to four does for about 10 days, and we haven't seen any change in symptoms, for better or for worse. "
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Shana Henry replied to Judy Asarkof's discussion Hair Loss on legs and dry coat
"That makes sense, good to know. The zinc I bought is in powder form, and is from Bulk Supplements.com. it says 1/16 tsp = 225mg.  "
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Phebe's discussion Kidding question: Day 145 and no udder
"The udder on the second doe is the only thing that looks promising. Neither one looks that big, but it could just be the angle of the photos."
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Copper dosage (weight related)

Started by Glenna Rose in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 9 minutes ago. 1 Reply

I've just spent time searching for copper dosages.  In the past, I have given 1/2 capsule to adults and 1/4 to youngsters.  Now that I know how heavy Ginger (3 years old) is compared to Summer (4 years old and milking), I am thinking this might not…Continue

Just got my first NDs

Started by James Tinker in Introductions. Last reply by Glenna Rose 1 hour ago. 3 Replies

Yes, I have been on here for 4 years learning all that I can and just this past week got my first NDs. 2 little bucklings (for now) Patches and Goldie. Goldie is the one my son is feeding and Patches is the other. they are about  days old.…Continue

Not pregnant - frustrated

Started by Glenna Rose in Breeding. Last reply by Rachel Payne 4 hours ago. 11 Replies

Okay, I am almost at wit's end.  The test results are back showing Dancer, my almost two-year-old, is not pregnant.  Ginger miscarried last week so is not pregnant.  As far as I know, there are no mineral issues.  They were both with the same…Continue

Can goats balance their nutrient needs?

Started by Deborah Niemann-Boehle in Goats 101. Last reply by Emily 11 hours ago. 7 Replies

Can animals intuitively balance their diets? Earlier studies in this area said no, even though many organic and grassfed cattle producers have sworn by cafeteria-style minerals for a very long time. This article explains how earlier studies were…Continue

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Hair Loss on legs and dry coat

Started by Judy Asarkof in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 38 Replies

I have a friend who is likely going to post some questions on the list shortly. Meanwhile - I just can't stand the suspense....to hear what people think the answer is.Two wethers, dry flakey skin and loss of hair on legs. Sounds like rest of body is…Continue

Kidding question: Day 145 and no udder

Started by Phebe in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 9 Replies

I have a 2nd freshener who is at day 145 and has absolutely no udder. Should I be concerned? She has no signs of "getting close." She has no swollen back end, no soft ligaments, she isn't even big...My other doe, a ff is at day 141 and has a huge…Continue

sore on teat

Started by Katharine Norton in Home Dairy. Last reply by Katharine Norton yesterday. 3 Replies

Anyone know whats up with my FF's teat?  They have sores on the inside only on both…Continue

Movable Pens

Started by WorkingGoats4 in Goats 101. Last reply by Glenna Rose yesterday. 68 Replies

Recently I've been asked a LOT about my movable pens, so I thought I'd start a discussion forum about this and help explain better, that way people have a place to refer to. First off, here is a picture of my famous fence (thanks to my engineer…Continue

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First Goat Meat

Started by Patty Meyer in Goat Friends. Last reply by Emily on Friday. 5 Replies

We butchered our first goat kid today.  I am really looking forward to more after tonight's dinner!  We tried a couple of chops, the heart and the liver.  I liked the liver best, hubby the heart and chops and kids the chops.  Here are the stats:It…Continue

Tags: butchering, meat, goat

First Time Disbudder Questions

Started by Cherissa Woudenberg in Goats 101. Last reply by Cherissa Woudenberg on Friday. 6 Replies

My little triplets are going to be a week old in 2 days and I'm gonna try my hand at disbudding, but I have a few questions.I have two boys and one girl. I've been paying close attention to the boys' buds and they seem to be relatively unchanged…Continue

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Blog Posts

blue cigars?

Posted by Julieanne Cook on March 21, 2015 at 6:32pm 3 Comments

Lately I've been wondering if the adage about being able to tell if your pregnant doe is going to have boys because she acts "bucky" while she's pregnant is true. Juniper is being such a bossy girl lately! Her previously shy temperament is going away, and she is bossing Pokey around all the time now. She mounts him, chases him and antagonizes him by nipping at his legs and sides. She also goes around stamping her hoof a lot, not something she used to do. It's so funny. I guess if she does…

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Ouch!

Posted by Julieanne Cook on March 11, 2015 at 5:01pm 0 Comments

Today was rainy so I didn't get to spend much time with the goats, which is a shame because that's usually my favorite time of day. But the time I did get with them was, um, challenging. That is to say that Pokey thought he could jump up on me and try to climb on me when I was sitting down. And that he'd attempt that coming from a full run! Wow did that hurt. I kept pushing him off and giving a firm "NO" but it still took 3 tries to get him to stop. He reminds me of an adolescent boy…

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hairy issues

Posted by Julieanne Cook on March 10, 2015 at 10:41am 2 Comments

Yesterday I noticed that Juniper is growing a beard! She looks so cute with her whiskers. I wonder why Pokey isn't growing one, considering he's the boy. I guess it's hit and miss. He sure has the full neck and shoulders hair that intact bucks have, though. I just can't get over how soft and lush their coats are. I'd always imagined goats having coarse coats, probably because of my previous experience with those poor pitiful petting zoo goats. 

Juni is getting leggy now,…

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My two goats

Posted by Julieanne Cook on March 8, 2015 at 4:44pm 0 Comments

I'd like to start jotting down all the cute and interesting things that are going on with my duo. It's mostly just for myself, so I can remember the things they do and stuff that happens in my ND goat adventure.

Today they were somewhat jumpy, especially Pokey. I wonder if something got close to their pen last night, or earlier today when I was out running errands. After the incidents with the stray dogs last weekend, I really worry. I'll have to take action if I see those…

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