Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Bolusing question
"You can use a suppository applicator, which you can buy online. (Or you can buy a yeast medication and get 7 applicators for way less.) Watch the video on here about how to drench a goat. Process is the same. You want to get it at the back of the…"
10 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion What happened?!!
"So glad to hear things have improved."
10 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Aaron White's discussion Walking goats
"That documentary sounds cool!"
10 hours ago
Phebe replied to Phebe's discussion Overdue goat
"Thank you for easing my concern. My goats don't typically go this long. I was getting worried, but after hearing from you all I feel much better about her going over due :-) Thank you for sharing your goat wisdom "
10 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Milking after miscarriage
"No problem. I just didn't want to start a new thing on here with other people thinking that was really my name. "
10 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Phebe's discussion Overdue goat
"As much as I hate people asking about the pooch test a couple months after a goat has been bred, this is definitely a pregnant vulva. About 500 births here and have heard of thousands more, and there isn't a concern about goats being late.…"
10 hours ago
Phebe replied to Phebe's discussion Overdue goat
"Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Unfortunately her udder has looked like this for weeks now. I'm really hoping you are right though :-D "
11 hours ago
Julieanne Cook replied to Phebe's discussion Overdue goat
"Her udder looks pretty full. I don't think it will be too much longer.  "
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Phebe replied to Phebe's discussion Overdue goat
"She definitely looks pregnant..."
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Phebe replied to Phebe's discussion Overdue goat
"Yes, I think I've seen this before. There is really no doubt in my mind at all that she is expecting. I'm also positive of her exposure date. I'm just wondering how long she could go before I should be concerned that there is a…"
14 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Phebe's discussion Overdue goat
"Yes. They can go pretty late. Have you seen this video? http://nigeriandwarfgoats.ning.com/video/is-this-goat-pregnant"
14 hours ago
Naomi D'Andrea liked Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion RoseLane Mini's 2017 New additions
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Tammy Lee Birrer's discussion quads
"Can't share any wisdom with you, but congratulations Tammy! Best of luck."
14 hours ago
Phebe posted a discussion

Overdue goat

Hi group,I have a goat over due. She was exposed only once, and the day was written down. She is on day 153, and showing no signs of impending labor. She is a ff, pregnancy confirmed by byopryn just a month and a half ago because although I never saw her go back into heat, she didn't look pregnant to me.I can feel definite kicks. Her udder is full, and she is looking round, but not huge. She is eating, drinking, and using the bathroom fine. She acts fine, but I'm starting to wonder how long…See More
14 hours ago
Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Milking after miscarriage
"Deborah, I'm so sorry, I called you Debbie multiple times tonight, and was only able to correct one because my time limit for editing was up on the other posts, so sorry!  Will try and remember for next time From Katharine (who is not a…"
17 hours ago
Katharine Norton replied to Aaron White's discussion Walking goats
"Our goats don't go nearly as far, but they get to learn the way over time, and race in at sunset!  Have you seen the film "Winter Nomads"?  Won't be much help to you, but it's AMAZING to watch - it's a Swiss…"
17 hours ago
Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Goat horns
"Hi Debbie, thanks for this, I'll feel them and see if I can tell the difference!!"
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Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion What happened?!!
"Hi Debbie, so the hormones changed, that explains the change in her milking behaviour. I hadn't been tying her or feeding her as she had been so good at standing still, but with the change I have started this - I used to do it before with my…"
17 hours ago
Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Milking after miscarriage
"Hi Debbie, hope you had a good trip!  Thanks so much for these tips, .  Thanks also for the tips about milking without the kid."
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Bolusing question

Started by Julieanne Cook in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

I've searched high and low and I can't find a good answer. My goats have figured out that I hide copper boluses in oatmeal/peanut butter treats and they refuse them now. I tried top dressing the grain and dribbling a bit of molasses on it but that's…Continue

What happened?!!

Started by Katharine Norton in Home Dairy. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 10 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi,I'm having trouble milking a goat and would appreciate some advice. She delivered a still born 3 weeks ago. On this website I learnt that the milk for 2 weeks is colostrum, so since I have no freezer, we just milked her and didn't catch it. We…Continue

Walking goats

Started by Aaron White in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 10 hours ago. 5 Replies

So with the layout of our farm where we will be building the goat housing/holding area (this will primarily be for night time and those rainy days when the goats will not go out on "pasture") and one of the main browsing/grazing areas (overhead…Continue

Tags: Shepherd, English, herding, walking, Moving

Overdue goat

Started by Phebe in Kidding. Last reply by Phebe 10 hours ago. 7 Replies

Hi group,I have a goat over due. She was exposed only once, and the day was written down. She is on day 153, and showing no signs of impending labor. She is a ff, pregnancy confirmed by byopryn just a month and a half ago because although I never…Continue

Milking after miscarriage

Started by Katharine Norton in Home Dairy. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 10 hours ago. 7 Replies

Hi there I have a goat who miscarried her first kid yesterday evening.  I reckon she was about three weeks early, the kid was perfectly formed and there is milk in her udder.  I milked her this morning and she had plenty.  -Can I continue milking…Continue

quads

Started by Tammy Lee Birrer in Kidding. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea 14 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hi,We just had quads today. I gave them each a little nutridrench squirt. I've seen them nurse. I would like some advise on how long to wait for them to get the colostrum before I decide to bottle feed one? She has done well with triplets last year,…Continue

Goat horns

Started by Katharine Norton in Goats 101. Last reply by Katharine Norton 17 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hi there I have an almost 3 year old buck who has not been de-horned (we are in Africa, they need their horns!).  However, his horns are growing down into the skin at the back of his head.  The vet said maybe he got a bash on the head when he was…Continue

Concluding my first milking season

Started by Julieanne Cook in Home Dairy. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea yesterday. 3 Replies

I've pretty much reached the end of this milking season. Daphne is already dried up and just this week Juniper's supply has dropped dramatically.  She's down to about 10-12 ounces per day and once I get the last of my soap and hand cream orders…Continue

RoseLane Mini's 2017 New additions

Started by Tammy Lee Birrer in Birth Announcements!. Last reply by Julieanne Cook yesterday. 1 Reply

RoseLane Minis Reeces had 4 babies this morning. Right on time.  Of my does, she is the only one that I actually witnessed the breeding last year and wrote down the date. According to the gestation calendar they were to be born today and today it…Continue

Chamoisee or buckskin?

Started by Julieanne Cook in Goats 101. Last reply by Julieanne Cook on Thursday. 3 Replies

I've been calling my buckling a chamoisee since birth, but now that he's 7 months old he's getting darker and seems to have the buckskin cape. What do you all think - chamoisee, buckskin, or a combination? Or none of the above?  Excuse the requisite…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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