Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Penning pregnant does together
"Yes, that's fine. When we had our first three does, all due within a week of each other, we had them in a stall together, and it worked fine. Since goats are herd animals, they'd be freaked out if you separated them."
Monday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Reed Carringer's discussion Copper Deficiency?
"Welcome! I think this is the first time I've ever heard of a goat eating a bolus like that. Some people hide them in marshmallows or bananas. I just open the capsules and sprinkle the COWP on a little grain. The featured video on my Facebook…"
Monday
Reed Carringer posted a discussion

Copper Deficiency?

First post here! I added 3 Nigerian Dwarfs to the farm 3 weeks ago. Ive had experience with horses and working with dogs and cats as a vet tech for years. I noticed some hair loss/thinning on one doe - She kidded in February and I'm currently milking her. This is her first freshening. She's giving about 3-4 cups a day and put on some weight since I brought her home. I did some research on hair loss and copper deficiency was one of the first things that came up. She has some red tinge to her…See More
Sunday
Jabe Thomas posted a discussion

Penning pregnant does together

Is it OK to pen two pregnant does together who are going to be kidding close to the same time? The pen is plenty big enough for two does. I suppose I could split it, but would rather not. Thanks in advance.
Sunday
Emily Picard is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Sunday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Trembling kid
"Glad he's doing well!"
Sunday
Judy H replied to Judy H's discussion Trembling kid
"Here is the update.  After about 1 hr of snuggling inside the house wrapped in a towel in front of the masonry fireplace, he finally stopped trembling so he graduated back to the barn.  Mama was happy to see him and received him well.…"
Sunday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy H's discussion Trembling kid
"It's a balancing act. The shivering is somewhat worrisome, but you also don't want him to stay away from mom for too long. But if he's not nursing, you'll have to get milk into him with a bottle, which usually takes a ton of…"
Saturday
Judy H posted a discussion

Trembling kid

Yesterday I had my three 1 week old kids disbudded by the vet.  Everything went well.  This afternoon he must have knocked one of his horns, blood was gushing every where.  Luckily we caught it within 10 minutes of it happening.  I brought him in to the house to clean him up, I pressed a cloth against the point of bleeding and the bleeding has stopped.  But he is trembling like crazy.  I though maybe he was scared, it is his first time outside the barn and away from mama and sisters.  So I took…See More
Saturday
Tiffani Wilson replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Tiny weak kid
"LOL, yes, we know exactly (!!) what you are talking about - chewing cords, paper, climbing and jumping.  She was dancing on my computer keyboard the other day. :/  The good is that the floor gets picked up so much better than before... so…"
Mar 18
Rachelle Hough replied to Rachelle Hough's discussion question about milk
"Good to know about the BOSS.  I am not feeding that.  I was concerned about the oats more than anything.  She does not over eat and is at a healthy weight so will keep doing what I am doing.  Thank you for the clarification about…"
Mar 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Rachelle Hough's discussion question about milk
"You would have to have a cream separator, which is a machine that you can buy through a few different places online. Most sources say that goat milk is naturally homogenized because it does NOT separate like cow milk. A little cream rises to the top…"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle left a comment for Dennis Tarsey
"Welcome to the group! How are your kids doing?"
Mar 17
Dennis Tarsey is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Specific mineral requirements for ND's
"Copper in feed should be 35 to 40 ppm, according to a researcher at Texas A&M I spoke with several years ago. In minerals, copper sulfate should be around 1500 ppm +/- 300 ppm. If you have sulfur, calcium, or iron in your well water, however,…"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Tiny weak kid
"Just now saw your post before last. We used to do exactly what you're doing, but the transition to goat life was usually too hard for us and the goat, so now I do my very best to get the kid back outside and with goats ASAP. They eventually…"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Tiny weak kid
"My daughter used to take bottle babies to church all the time. People loved it! Glad your little one is doing better."
Mar 17
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Tiffani Wilson replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion Tiny weak kid
"Here is a more recent picture. Oh and you all might think this is funny (I do!).  Until recently we needed to take her to church with us every week because our church is about 40 or so minutes away and lasts a long time (we have a lunch…"
Mar 16
 

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Penning pregnant does together

Started by Jabe Thomas in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Monday. 1 Reply

Is it OK to pen two pregnant does together who are going to be kidding close to the same time? The pen is plenty big enough for two does. I suppose I could split it, but would rather not. Thanks in advance.

Copper Deficiency?

Started by Reed Carringer in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Monday. 1 Reply

First post here! I added 3 Nigerian Dwarfs to the farm 3 weeks ago. Ive had experience with horses and working with dogs and cats as a vet tech for years. I noticed some hair loss/thinning on one doe - She kidded in February and I'm currently…Continue

Trembling kid

Started by Judy H in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Sunday. 3 Replies

Yesterday I had my three 1 week old kids disbudded by the vet.  Everything went well.  This afternoon he must have knocked one of his horns, blood was gushing every where.  Luckily we caught it within 10 minutes of it happening.  I brought him in to…Continue

Tiny weak kid

Started by Tiffani Wilson in Kidding. Last reply by Tiffani Wilson Mar 18. 11 Replies

We had a mama give birth last night to three living goats and one that looked like it had been dead  for a while in utero.  Two are nursing on the mom and doing ok (she isn't that great of a mom but they are making it ok).  The third is a tiny 1 lb.…Continue

question about milk

Started by Rachelle Hough in Home Dairy. Last reply by Rachelle Hough Mar 18. 2 Replies

I am wondering how to pull as much fat as possible out of the milk while still keeping it in it's raw form.  I have been looking for 2 days now  on how to produce skim milk from raw milk and have not found an exact answer.  The cream that rises to…Continue

Specific mineral requirements for ND's

Started by Judy Metcalf in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 17. 1 Reply

I am looking for some sort of chart or list that indicates what the ideal mineral requirements are for ND's to better assess whether the feed and loose minerals (and certainly the pasture/browse in my area) are meeting the needs of my herd.  As an…Continue

Vaccinating

Started by Sally Knight in Health. Last reply by Sally Knight Mar 13. 2 Replies

Morning All,I have chosen this year to not vaccinate my herd but I have several people who are having kids and want the kids vaccinated with CDT.  What age and dosage can I do this for the kids?  I for some reason have 2 and 6 weeks in my head and…Continue

Need source of Selenium/Vit E powder

Started by Judy H in Health. Last reply by Judy H Mar 11. 4 Replies

Does anyone have a source of Selenium/Vit E powder to order from?  I am all out, and Hoeggers Farm Yard are not answering their phones so I am hesitant to place an order online.  I don't see anyone else carrying it for goats online.  All I see in…Continue

Bottle Baby Routines

Started by Jabe Thomas in Kidding. Last reply by Michael Garwood Mar 11. 2 Replies

Hello: Looking for some of you to share your bottle baby routines/processes... like:1. what do you use as milk replacer2. how often, and how much should the baby be fed2. can the bottle baby be kept with the others, or must it be kept separate and…Continue

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New kids

Started by Maggie in Birth Announcements!. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 10. 3 Replies

My doe gave birth to two bucklings yesterday afternoon. They all seem to be doing well. Both boys are eating and walking around. One seems more vigorous than the other. How often should they be sleeping? How active should they be day 2? What signs…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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