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Julia @Woody Glen Farm posted a discussion

Help and advice pls! Bucks with sores and bare spots on scrotum

These are my 3 bucks who are living together-- ages 7 mo, 10 mo, and 14 mo. They all have lost the hair on the tips of their scrotum and one has a pretty nasty-looking sore on his. The one with the sore I have been putting tea tree oil on it for a week or so but I can't tell if it's getting better. I thought maybe a fungus? What do you think? Any advice for how to treat it? The one with the black balls used to be all black but got like this over the last few months. …See More
51 minutes ago
Nicole replied to Nicole's discussion New to the game. Pregnant? Not pregnant? How important are breeding lines?
"Yes, I exaggerate a bit. But The price difference was considerable. I got my does at a bargain because the lady who was selling them had come on hard times and needed to limit her expenses to include caring for farmies. The boys were also a great…"
12 hours ago
Nicole replied to Nicole's discussion Bully doe
"Hi Julia. Yes, my intent was to keep them all together. I think you are right, they are best separated unless out to pasture. That is unfortunate. I was hoping to commit a smaller area of barn to the goats so that I could have additional room for…"
12 hours ago
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Nicole's discussion Bully doe
"Am I understanding that you are keeping the boys (buck and wether) with the does? I know if I put any boys in with my girls they get very unhappy and are mean to him unless they're in standing heat. I think it's better to keep your does…"
17 hours ago
Dee posted a discussion

Moringa..

Does anyone have any information regarding the use of moringa as a feed option for goats?  Is it safe for them?  I am growing my own for personal use, and have read that it can be fed to cattle and the result has been an increase in weight gain and higher milk production.  This wasn't my intent for growing my own trees, but I was curious if anyone had any information about it.  Thanks ladies.See More
20 hours ago
Susan Peach replied to Susan Peach's discussion Hay - free choice or ration?
"Thanks for the input everyone. I don't find they waste too much as I've finally managed to make a feeder that keeps waste pretty low.  But Rose, you've raised another question if I may...my goats are in a lovely green pasture…"
20 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Nicole's discussion New to the game. Pregnant? Not pregnant? How important are breeding lines?
"Ditto on everything Rachel said. I just wanted to add that the difference between registered and unregistered shouldn't be 10X -- unless they practically gave you the goats. Registered NDs usually start at $300. For $500, you should be able to…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Susan Peach's discussion Hay - free choice or ration?
"Good point, Rose! I know some people prefer to feed their goats 3-4 times per day rather than putting it all out at once because the goats seem to waste less that way."
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Bobbi Jo posted a status
"Recently got 2 Nigerian whether. And one is losing hair around his eyes, mouth, ears, legs, and tail. Breeder said its normal?"
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Rose Stuart replied to Susan Peach's discussion Hay - free choice or ration?
"free choice is good. I don't keep my feeder full all the time because they waste way too much hay.  I load it with the amount I know they will eat through the nite; my goats are on pasture during the day.  during winter I stuff the…"
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Rose Stuart replied to Nicole's discussion Bully doe
"put her and the other doe in another pen next to the boys till the boys get bigger....that way they can all see each other but she wont be able to smack him."
yesterday
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Nicole's discussion New to the game. Pregnant? Not pregnant? How important are breeding lines?
"1) How will I know when one or both are pregnant?  You will start to see an udder forming anywhere from 1 month, to a few days before she is ready to kid. If you know the date that your seller saw the one breeding, you can use a goat pregnancy…"
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Nicole posted a discussion

New to the game. Pregnant? Not pregnant? How important are breeding lines?

Hello!So I just recently bought 2 does. The lady who sold them to me said that they have already likely bred with the buck she had on site, however, she only has one witnessed account of mounting. We just bought our homestead and I am brand new to the goat game. So here are my questions:1) How will I know when one or both are pregnant? (I have books for this but it doesn't hurt to get first hand account from people who do it year after year?2) If they aren't pregnant, my intact male is only 5…See More
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Nicole replied to Nicole's discussion Bully doe
"Hi Rachel. Thank you for your ideas. I have only had the girl goats for about a week now. I do know that the goats have to re-establish a new pecking order, but the girls were just getting more aggressive. Yesterday they were in the barn most of the…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Sickly newborn doeling
"What a challenging situation!"
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Glenna Rose replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Sickly newborn doeling
"Messages this morning are:  Alive, still seizing and about an hour ago:  Little girl is jumping around playing with her brother today!! Keep up the prayers!!"
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Freddy wright replied to Freddy wright's discussion 9 week old goat little worms in poop
"Ok Deborah Thank you soo much. Freddy"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Sickly newborn doeling
"So sad! Let us know what happens."
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Help and advice pls! Bucks with sores and bare spots on scrotum

Started by Julia @Woody Glen Farm in Health 51 minutes ago. 0 Replies

These are my 3 bucks who are living together-- ages 7 mo, 10 mo, and 14 mo. They all have lost the hair on the tips of their scrotum and one has a pretty nasty-looking sore on his. The one with the sore I have been putting tea tree oil on it for a…Continue

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New to the game. Pregnant? Not pregnant? How important are breeding lines?

Started by Nicole in Breeding. Last reply by Nicole 12 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hello!So I just recently bought 2 does. The lady who sold them to me said that they have already likely bred with the buck she had on site, however, she only has one witnessed account of mounting. We just bought our homestead and I am brand new to…Continue

Bully doe

Started by Nicole in Goats 101. Last reply by Nicole 12 hours ago. 5 Replies

Anyone with experience with bully goats. I started my herd with 2 young bucks (one wethered, one not). I have since added 2 does. The girls are older so a bit bigger, the boys are barely 6 months). The boys get along great (they are brothers), and…Continue

Moringa..

Started by Dee in Goats 101 20 hours ago. 0 Replies

Does anyone have any information regarding the use of moringa as a feed option for goats?  Is it safe for them?  I am growing my own for personal use, and have read that it can be fed to cattle and the result has been an increase in weight gain and…Continue

Hay - free choice or ration?

Started by Susan Peach in Goats 101. Last reply by Susan Peach 20 hours ago. 7 Replies

Do most folks just keep the hay feeder filled and let the goats help themselves, or do you dole out a set amount at each feeding?We were giving our goats our cattle hay until recently, as this is what they got last year and seemed to do fine on it.…Continue

Sickly newborn doeling

Started by Glenna Rose in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 11 Replies

A friend just messaged me about her doeling born night before last.  I have no idea how to help but maybe someone here does:Friend has twins born yesterday morning, asking me for help.Doeling born during night yesterday (night before. She started…Continue

9 week old goat little worms in poop

Started by Freddy wright in Health. Last reply by Freddy wright on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Ok here we goWhat do you use for a 9 week old goat that has a few worms in his poop pellets?I see that there are various products out thereBut not surewhich one would be the bestSeems to be 3 or 4 different ones at tractor supplyThe worms look about…Continue

Hello!!!

Started by Nicole in Introductions. Last reply by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Hello to you all!!!So glad there is this forum! I am new to goats but so excited about my new venture into the home dairy farm. I have a small herd of 4 right. I'm currently having an issue with one very mean and aggressive doe, I hope some of you…Continue

Drying off doe that has a problem with copper deficiency

Started by Myra Isaac in Health. Last reply by Myra Isaac on Tuesday. 10 Replies

I've had my NDs since January of this year. Cayenne was bred late January and kidded in June. Except for one that died last winter all of my goats have been very healthy except for Cayenne who seems to be almost chronically copper deficient. She…Continue

Hello from BC

Started by Susan Peach in Introductions. Last reply by Beverley Sieminski on Tuesday. 3 Replies

HI all, I'm on the west coast of Canada in the beautiful province of British Columbia. We have a mixed farm with 8 ND goats, and one more to come in December. We have been raising these lovely animals for just over a year now and just adore them!…Continue

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milk

Posted by Freddy wright on October 20, 2014 at 11:19am 1 Comment

Can a goat drink vitamin D milk ??

Registered Nigerian Doe For Sale

Posted by Little Branch Farms on October 6, 2014 at 11:37am 0 Comments

Deer Ridge Farm Sweet Pea is for sale. She kids easy. This is her 2nd time kidding. 1st time had a single buckling. This time had a doeling and buckling. Gives alot of milk. Does good on milking stand getting better each day. Has a nice full udder. We have been milking her she is in milk but is starting to dry up. Have been milking her once a day. Was still working on shaving her in picture so not…

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Dry dog food

Posted by Freddy wright on October 5, 2014 at 9:36am 1 Comment

For some reason my boat wants to eat dog food
But I don't let him
How bad is it for goats??

Looking for stud service

Posted by Audrey on August 21, 2014 at 6:42pm 1 Comment

Looking for stud service in January for healthy young doe. Promised land related buck in central n.c.

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