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Shirlene posted a discussion

Hello

Hello, my name is Shirlene. I will be receiving  my first two little does Friday. I am busy making them a play area and can't wait for them to arrive. I look forward to meeting you all. I live in TX not too far from Waco. This is our first year her so have lots to learn. Any wisdom is welcome. I plan to offer my girls hay, baking soda and lose minerals. See More
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Amalia Young's discussion Lost back teeth
"Interesting thought! Well, if you figure out who is missing those teeth, and you see massive swelling on their cheek within the next few months, you'll know why. At least that's what happened with my son. He woke up one morning and his…"
Nov 6
Amalia Young replied to Amalia Young's discussion Lost back teeth
"My husband clarified he had actually found them on the tray the hay falls onto after they eat. I wonder if the occasional rocks we get in our hay caused this. I'll keep an eye on them all. Thank you, Deborah! "
Nov 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Chronic cough
"You're welcome! A vet professor told me many years ago that she had a hard time getting too excited about a goat if it was still eating, drinking, chewing its cud, and walking around. So, that's usually in the back of my mind when I see my…"
Nov 6
Heather L replied to Heather L's discussion Chronic cough
"Ok well then I will just watch her for any other symptoms. So far thats all I’ve noticed and I’m around a lot so I feel like I’d catch it if she had any more. I read the article you linked and none of the things listed sounded like…"
Nov 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Amalia Young's discussion Lost back teeth
"Goats do have baby teeth, but they don't normally lose all of them at once. I wonder if something hit it in the mouth and knocked out some of the teeth early. That actually happened to two of my children.  Turned out fine for one, but the…"
Nov 5
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Chronic cough
"Whenever I call the U of I vet clinic, it's usually inevitable that they'll say at some point in the conversation that they can't diagnose over the phone, so I need to bring in the goat. It's even more tough trying to figure out…"
Nov 5
Amalia Young posted a discussion

Lost teeth in the back

This morning my husband found what looks like a string of the back teeth from one of our 8 NDs. Their front teeth are much taller than the ones he found on the ground, when he was cleaning their area. So we suspect they came from the back of one's goat's mouth. Would these grow back? (Our NDs are 1.5 yrs old). We will try to pry each mouth open to check all teeth but we know that's going to be hard as our goats squirm quite a lot when we try to hold their heads still. We hope to identify the…See More
Nov 5
Heather L replied to Heather L's discussion Chronic cough
"I checked her palate and it felt normal. How much coughing would you consider normal for bringing up cud? She has fits of coughing that consist of 8-10 hard coughs and she throws her head down when she does it. Could it be environmental? I keep…"
Nov 4
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather L's discussion Chronic cough
"I'm curious how you know she's coughing up mucus rather than her cud. It's not that uncommon for kids to cough when they're learning that whole process of bringing up cud to rechew. It even happens to adults once in awhile. If…"
Nov 4
Heather L posted a discussion

Chronic cough

I bought a new doe in milk back in July. She started coughing a few days after I got her and at fist I just thought it was because of the stress of joining a new herd. Unfortunately it kept up and got worse. Sometimes it is a dry cough and sometimes she coughs up mucus and has a runny nose. I normally use herbal wormer buy in this case I thought it might be lungworms so I dosed her with ivermec according to the instructions, every ten days for a total of 3 doses. The last dose was almost two…See More
Nov 4
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Teff Hay for Wethers
"This is interesting! We don't have it available in my area, but Standlee is working on creating a teff hay pellet, and I'm anxiously awaiting sampling it. The 2:1 calcium to phosphorus sounds great. I wouldn't worry about stones, but…"
Oct 29
Janie Hynson replied to Heather's discussion Hello
Oct 29
Janie Hynson left a comment for Kimberley Hill
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Oct 29
Naomi D'Andrea posted a discussion

Teff Hay for Wethers

Does anyone have experience using Teff hay?I got my hands on some and stocked up for the winter--mainly because that's what was available by the time I got around to stocking up for the winter. A friendly acquaintance had grown it experimentally for the first time, and I was just happy to have found anything, with the summer we had.From what I've read, it's high in protein and calcium. Since we keep a wether with the does, and they all have to eat the same thing, I'm concerned about the calcium…See More
Oct 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Heather's discussion Hello
"Welcome to the group! I saw your question last night and spent this morning updating my "Kidding in Winter" article. I originally wrote it in 2014 and more than doubled the length. So, thanks for asking! Pretty much everything I write now…"
Oct 28
 

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Hello

Started by Shirlene in Introductions 21 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hello, my name is Shirlene. I will be receiving  my first two little does Friday. I am busy making them a play area and can't wait for them to arrive. I look forward to meeting you all. I live in TX not too far from Waco. This is our first year her…Continue

Lost back teeth

Started by Amalia Young in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 6. 3 Replies

This morning my husband found what looks like a string of the back teeth from one of our 8 NDs. Their front teeth are much taller than the ones he found on the ground, when he was cleaning their area. So we suspect they came from the back of one's…Continue

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Chronic cough

Started by Heather L in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 6. 5 Replies

I bought a new doe in milk back in July. She started coughing a few days after I got her and at fist I just thought it was because of the stress of joining a new herd. Unfortunately it kept up and got worse. Sometimes it is a dry cough and sometimes…Continue

Teff Hay for Wethers

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 29. 1 Reply

Does anyone have experience using Teff hay?I got my hands on some and stocked up for the winter--mainly because that's what was available by the time I got around to stocking up for the winter. A friendly acquaintance had grown it experimentally for…Continue

Tags: chloride, wether, ammonium, calcium, hay

Hello

Started by Heather in Introductions. Last reply by Janie Hynson Oct 29. 2 Replies

Hello all.I am fairly new to the goat raising experiance. We have had goats now for about a year and half.  We have 7 ND does (2 are 4, 1 is 3, 2 are 2 and 2 were born in March.  We also have 2 pygmy does.  We have one pigmy buck and 3 ND withers…Continue

need help on dehorning paste on thick scur if possible?

Started by Trish in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 24. 5 Replies

Hi,I'm not using dehorning paste on a young goat, but what I would like to do is put it on the top of a nigerian duck's thick scur.I've been trying to find information on using dehorning paste without success. I have some dehorning paste I wanted to…Continue

How old is too old for a buck to breed

Started by Maggie in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 27. 5 Replies

Would it be worth adding a buck to my herd that is 7 years old? It’s his blood lines that I’m really after and I have a unique opportunity to get him at a great price from a herd dispersal but at 7, I’m hesitating. How many years can I realistically…Continue

What are YOU feeding your milking does?

Started by Jabe Thomas in Goats 101. Last reply by Maggie Sep 26. 6 Replies

I seem to always be going back and forth on what to feed our milkers. For several years, I have been feeding DuMor sweet feed, mixing in BOSS, sometimes alfalfa pellets. Our goats always have access to Sweetlix Meat Maker loose mineral, Thorvin…Continue

signs of pain

Started by Judy H in Health. Last reply by Judy H Sep 22. 2 Replies

I have an 8 year doe, Clover, she is one of my first two goats and has a special spot in my heart.3.5 years ago she contracted meningeal worm, the parasite attacked her spinal cord.  At her worst her back legs were paralyzed, but with an outstanding…Continue

Introduction

Started by Annette in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 24. 1 Reply

Hello all, Thank you for allowing me to join the group!My name is Annette and I live in Sacramento Ca.i am new to goats, have had my 3 for about 3 months now. Two doe kids and the  mother to one of the kids. I hoping to be able to learn as much as I…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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