Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Karen Sundsten left a comment for Janie Hynson
"Thank you SO very much!!  We are so excited about learning more and more about becoming goat parents!!  I'm a researcher and don't make haste decisions about anything as big as bringing in more family members, so I look forward…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WoodsEdge's discussion Liming the pasture/wethers question
"Good luck with your goats -- and keeping yourself in one piece! I think we get more fragile as we age, so I am finally learning to be more careful. I tore my patellar tendon three years ago, and I'm still sitting here today with an Ace bandage…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Cynthia Koscinch's discussion Safety Margin for Gardenias, Elderberries & Tall Lettuce
"I don't have experience with those plants, and I have not found any good lists online that are accurate about what is and is not poisonous to goats. It's pretty well accepted that goats don't usually eat things that are poisonous…"
Monday
Cynthia Koscinch replied to Cynthia Koscinch's discussion Safety Margin for Gardenias, Elderberries & Tall Lettuce
"Also, I don't see hickory trees on any of my lists...good or bad.  My neighbor is cutting down some hickory trees and he said I could have the leaves if I wanted them. "
Sunday
Cynthia Koscinch replied to WoodsEdge's discussion Liming the pasture/wethers question
""...When I talked about managing properly, that means that you don't leave animals in a pasture until they've eaten it down to the dirt...."  --I agree!  Unfortunately, my husband's mare WILL eat a pasture down to…"
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Cynthia Koscinch posted a discussion

Safety Margin for Gardenias, Elderberries & Tall Lettuce

I have searched many websites and many of the posts on this forum but have not found the answers to some new questions.  Gardenias:  I have a large gardenia bush in the middle of the pasture that I am going to fence in for goats.  Are gardenias safe for goats?  I do plan on fencing it off but need to know if it's safe  or not so I can plan on fencing options.  Elderberries:  I have about 6 elderberry plants on the new property.  I do plan on fencing them off so I can harvest them but again, I…See More
Sunday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WoodsEdge's discussion Liming the pasture/wethers question
"If you have six acres, I'd say graze the goats somewhere that has grass, weeds, and small bushes now, and let Mother Nature take care of seeding that bare soil. They will eat and love whatever weeds decide to grow there. Years ago we had an…"
May 18
Cynthia Koscinch replied to WoodsEdge's discussion Liming the pasture/wethers question
"Thanks Deborah, With only 4 goats (currently), I can't imagine that 6 acres being eaten down very quickly.  But I do have a 1+ acre pasture that the horses have grazed down to the nub.  I have moved the horses off of it and want…"
May 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer Bridgeman's discussion Young doe, underweight
"I'm not sure that copper deficiency would stunt her growth. You'd be more likely to see bowlegs or a sway back or some other bone malformation. Were you able to get new pictures?"
May 18
Deborah Bruce left a comment for Janie Hynson
"Thank you! Anything I can learn to help me care for my little herd is greatly appreciated!"
May 18
Janie Hynson left a comment for Deborah Bruce
"Thanks for joining the group, Deborah! "
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Jennifer Bridgeman replied to Jennifer Bridgeman's discussion Young doe, underweight
"So I checked her eyelid and it looks to me to be a fairly dark pink. Weighed her again today (4 days since separating her from our wether Gizmo) and she is up 2-3 lbs. She came out with me while I raked and ran around as fast as she could, very…"
May 16
Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Meghan DeGroot's discussion Engorged udder
"I personally would not lock the babies away from mom at a couple of weeks of age.   I don't separate at night until  they are 4-6 weeks and eating other foods well.  I have two girls feeding quads - I substitute one each of…"
May 16
Jennifer Bridgeman replied to Jennifer Bridgeman's discussion Young doe, underweight
"Oh also her hair on her back was standing up because my dog was behind me and she wasn't too sure of that."
May 15
Jennifer Bridgeman replied to Jennifer Bridgeman's discussion Young doe, underweight
"I will have to get new pics tomorrow, I have checked her for lice, which I am familiar with and haven't seen any on her ever... as far as I know she was never sick, the lady I got her from has a large herd and is very knowledgeable of goats…"
May 15
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer Bridgeman's discussion Young doe, underweight
"If you could get someone else to hold her attention while you take pictures of her straight from the side, that would be helpful. The two from the front are probably distorted, so I'm mostly looking at the one you took from above. It looks like…"
May 15
 

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Liming the pasture/wethers question

Started by WoodsEdge in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Monday. 9 Replies

So I have limed all the rest of the property except the goat pastures.  I am trying to find information on if putting lime on the pastures is harmful to wethers (risk of UC?)Lime is calcium/magnesium, our soil is very acidic, and this helps balance…Continue

Safety Margin for Gardenias, Elderberries & Tall Lettuce

Started by Cynthia Koscinch in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Monday. 2 Replies

I have searched many websites and many of the posts on this forum but have not found the answers to some new questions.  Gardenias:  I have a large gardenia bush in the middle of the pasture that I am going to fence in for goats.  Are gardenias safe…Continue

Young doe, underweight

Started by Jennifer Bridgeman in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 18. 9 Replies

My big reason for joining is a question that has me quite stressed. My nigerian/pygmy doe, Hershey is almost 11 months and is only 21 lbs, yes 21! And basically I can't figure out why, we have had her since she was 8 weeks old, she has always seemed…Continue

Engorged udder

Started by Meghan DeGroot in Kidding. Last reply by Winding River Farm (Bev) May 16. 5 Replies

Hi friends! I am new to the page and have had goats for two years, but this is my first year where my doe has kidded and I am nervous! She had two babies three nights ago. This is her first freshening. I am worried the babies are not getting enough…Continue

Perry's milking machines

Started by Misfits Farm in Home Dairy. Last reply by Judy H May 13. 33 Replies

I'm looking at buying a milking machine for our small farm and I came across the Perry milking machine with the ND attachments.  Has anyone heard of this company?Continue

Anemic first freshener and an unsuccessful vet visit

Started by Meghan DeGroot in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 7. 12 Replies

I am worried about my little goat. I am feeding her rolled oats, alfalfa pellets + timothy pellets, supplemented with MannaPro Goat Balancer. I am slowly transitioning her from the oats to Dumors Sweet Goat Feed.  She has some access to brush on a…Continue

what age to wean bottle baby from grain

Started by James Tinker in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 7. 8 Replies

What age should I wean bottle baby bucklings and does from grain?

Free-Choice Selenium Bucket

Started by Jabe Thomas in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 7. 2 Replies

I've read several posts/threads about a selenium bucket, and Deborah even provided a link to it from Caprine Supply. However, most of those threads were from c. 2014, and it seems as if Caprine Supply no longer carries the selenium bucket. Any…Continue

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Copper Deficiency: Worth It to Get a Filter for the Well?

Started by Old Haunt Farm in Health. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm May 5. 5 Replies

Hi Folks,We have started seeing signs of copper and zinc deficiency in our tiny herd of 3 does. We've only lived on our new farm property for a little over a year, but when we had the well water tested during the pre-purchase inspections, the test…Continue

Minerals Question: Goats eating too much

Started by Patty Meyer in Goats 101. Last reply by Cynthia Koscinch May 4. 11 Replies

I've been needing to ask a question about minerals for some time, but I couldn't get all the info I felt might be helpful to you in without a LONG post.  I decided to just copy my homestead diary here so as not to miss anything that might be…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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