for people who love the littlest dairy goats
Hello!I have 2nd-time mama that was bred on Dec 10th & 14th. She kidded with twins last year at her original farm with no issues. So she's either almost on Day 142 or Day 138 (obviously I hope it's the former if she's actually in early labor).…Continue
I've always wondered why some does, including mine, go into apparent heat and get bred, then come back into heat five days later. This may be old news to other people, but this is the first time I've seen this theory.Quoted from the North Carolina…Continue
One of the members of one of the facebook goat groups has three goats in extreme distress. The vet was able to get there in spite of a storm and it looks like they are going to be okay; thankfully she called. It turns out they have Enterotoxemia…Continue
Hello guys,My first post here. I've been researching about possible "backyard" goat breeds and I think Nigerian Dwarf is the best goat out there for my purposes. I love goat milk and drink a lot of milk as is, so I am want to have goat specifically…Continue
Have an 8 week old buckling that wound up having surgery for an undescended testicle last Monday (he was sold as a wether). The surgery wound up being a little more extensive than expected as the testicle was quite high. The vet said to expect him…Continue
Maverick is my young buck, about 1 year and 4 months old. Here's the timeline:- Wednesday evening - I went down to feed, and Maverick didn't come to meet me like usual. He walked over slowly, and lay down halfway there. I called him, and he got up…Continue
Does anyone have experience with a doe kidding at 8 years old? I have the opportunity to buy a doe who is 8 years old and due in june or july...my concern is that she is so much older and has never had babies. Has anyone had experience with this? Is…Continue
A close friend text me this morning and informed me that the 9 day old mini Nubian doe that I was planning to buy from her was stolen from her barn last night. We are all just sick. She's very tame but dam raised. Any ideas of ways to help find her?…Continue
Here's a little bit about our feeding schedule. It's pretty simple: The goats always have hay to eat--it never runs out, but they don't love it. However, during the growing season, we start the day by giving them two enormous armloads of…Continue
My 2-year-old LaMancha, the one we've had so much trouble getting bred (even after vet checks, diet checks, minerals, copper, etc.), now has had her udder filling up the last few weeks.At first I thought, yay! Maybe she's finally bred. But her udder…Continue
Willow and I decided on the name Hackberry Woods.
Hackberry is the predominant species of tree in the goat area. We love the funny bark, the precious little berries, and the haphazard look of the foliage.
For nature nerds: Hackberry is native to Indiana and a lot of the Midwestern US; the small berries (or drupes) are edible in autumn; also goes by the names Sugarberry and Nettletree. The name Hackberry is from the Scottish "hagberry," meaning "marsh berry."
In the spring of 2014, my daughter Willow asked me for the hundred and twenty-third time if we could get dairy goats. Like always, I said something to the effect of "that would be fun. Maybe someday." This time, though, instead of moving on, she followed up with the line we all know and love: "I'll buy them with my own money. I'll do all the work." And just like that, now we have goats.
Now, the actual full story is longer and boringer.
We spent three months just reading books…Continue