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Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"Well, she kidded Monday night. It was a rough one, so it's taken me a couple of days to recover, as it has Mama Goat. Babies (all 3 of them) have bounced back much quicker, lol! To make a long story short, it quickly became apparent that…"
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"Welcome to the group! And congratulations on your first kids!"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"I find that when my goat are all together, and there is competition for food, they usually eat all of the hay. But when I put them into kidding pens, and they have a hay feeder all to themselves, they sometimes leave as much as half of it. Drives me…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Linda Klein's discussion Bred to a much bigger goat?
"You got lucky, which can happen. I know people with dogs and goats who did not get lucky. There is someone on here who had purchased a buck who was supposedly 99% Nigerian, according to the seller. Being a kid, it was not obvious to someone new to…"
Sunday
Linda Klein replied to Linda Klein's discussion Bred to a much bigger goat?
"A couple of years ago my big livestock guardian dog, Snowy, got loose and bred my Australian sheep dog size female Woofy. I was really worried about it and took her to the vet school for xrays. Turned out the pups only grew to the size their little…"
Sunday
Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"Wow, that was a lot of very useful information! Thank you for sharing all of that.  Still no babies! And she did finally eat and drink a fair amount this morning, and she continues to poop/pee, so she can't be too bad off. I think she is…"
Sunday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"If a goat is truly not eating or drinking, that's bad. The fact that she got up and walked away from you, however, does not sound like a sick goat. It's hard to believe that a goat would do that if she hadn't eaten or drank in a day.…"
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Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"She has not been drinking at all (since late yesterday morning)....her condition is unchanged since yesterday. She is at Day 142 now (last time she gave birth at Day 144). Still lots of groaning and lip-curling. Should I worry about dehydration at…"
Feb 17
Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"Thank you, Deborah, for the quick reply. I feel better now. Yes, I have a baby monitor (and, yes, I've borne two children myself, the first requiring two final weeks of bed rest due to gaining 20 pounds of water weight in my legs - within 3…"
Feb 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"This sounds like a doe that's tired of being pregnant. If you've ever been pregnant yourself, you can sympathize. Some of them get pretty lazy by the end. They love nothing more than laying in front of the hay feeder and eating. And if…"
Feb 16
Janet Dowell replied to Janet Dowell's discussion Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?
"Note: she kidded at day 144 last time."
Feb 16
Janet Dowell posted a discussion

Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?

I have a wonderful 2nd freshener who is due Monday (2/20). Yesterday I moved her into the "barn" (corner of our garage) because she SO badly wanted to come in, and didn't mind being away from the other goats (gave her chances to go back out & she didn't want to). That was around 4:00 p.m. Once in, I thought for sure she was in early labor, because she would stand, lay down, stand, etc. and was constantly slightly groaning / grumping ("errrrrrrr, errrrrrr, errrrrr" sound). Her vulva area…See More
Feb 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jennifer Simons's discussion Goat sits like dog
"If she never tucks her front legs under her, she could be getting arthritis, but typically if a goat is that bad, they will have hair growing on their knees (rather than the calluses that you normally see)."
Feb 10
Jennifer Simons replied to Jennifer Simons's discussion Goat sits like dog
"My daughter has been really curious about this and we were hoping to hear from others. Thanks so much for your responses! Opal isn't particularly overweight but she's also not fit and trim. I guess it's just her "thing" and…"
Feb 10
Tiffani Wilson replied to Tiffani Wilson's discussion newborn with breathing trouble
"Thank you both!  I admit it was a sad night!  My husband has the ability to work hard trying to save the baby and then when its over, move on.  i evidently have to cry it out for a day... But sweet consolation is the 1 lb baby who has…"
Feb 10
 

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Greetings from Langley, BC, Canada

Started by Ken Ku in Introductions 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi everyone!We started our herd last year with 3 pairs: Queen Jenny and her daughter Topaz; half sisters Amber and Onyx; and twins Opal and Pearl. Recently, we added 4 new additions to our herd: pregnant does Sapphire (she kidded Monday night) and…Continue

12 Willows Farm's first kids of 2017

Started by Ken Ku in Birth Announcements! 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

On Monday night, Sapphire delivered twin bucklings, Haematite and Goldie. This is Sapphire's first freshening and she is exhibiting excellent mothering instincts. She's talks to them (when they're not cuddled together), encourages them to explore,…Continue

Should I be concerned? 2nd freshener, Day 141, Doe seems to be in constant discomfort (for 16+ hours)?

Started by Janet Dowell in Kidding. Last reply by Janet Dowell 16 hours ago. 8 Replies

I have a wonderful 2nd freshener who is due Monday (2/20). Yesterday I moved her into the "barn" (corner of our garage) because she SO badly wanted to come in, and didn't mind being away from the other goats (gave her chances to go back out &…Continue

Bred to a much bigger goat?

Started by Linda Klein in Breeding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Sunday. 3 Replies

EEEEK!!My big Nubian got out and was trying to breed the two little Nigerian dwarf does I recently adopted.What to do if they become pregnant? He is so much larger.Thanks if anyone can help or has experience with such a situation.Linda kleinContinue

Goat sits like dog

Started by Jennifer Simons in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 10. 4 Replies

I have a four year old doe who has never kidded. She occasionally sits as a dog sits. (Front legs up, bottom down.) She is otherwise happy and normal. It just seems odd.  Has anyone else ever seen this? Thanks!Continue

newborn with breathing trouble

Started by Tiffani Wilson in Kidding. Last reply by Tiffani Wilson Feb 10. 4 Replies

We had goat kids born this afternoon.  We kept checking on her (the barn cam broke) and when we found them she had all three but no placenta out.  They had been licked but were wet and we got them cleaned up.  One has had raspy, wheezing breathing…Continue

3 Year Old First Fresheners

Started by Julia M Willams in Breeding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 10. 13 Replies

Hi everyone, I have a question about freshening 3 year olds. I am going to be breeding My two 2 year old ND does this fall and was wondering if freshening them at 3 would have any impact on their milk production?  Would the amount be significantly…Continue

ammonium chloride for bucks

Started by polly jackson in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 10. 8 Replies

Does anyone use ammonium chloride for their bucks?  If so how much and how often do you use it?Continue

Udder development

Started by Maggie in Kidding. Last reply by Maggie Feb 7. 2 Replies

I keep hearing different things so I wanted to ask you guys. Do first fresheners bag up sooner or later than past fresheners? Also do first fresheners have smaller udders? My does udder seems to be gradually getting fuller. She is a rescue and is…Continue

Labor signs

Started by Maggie in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 4. 3 Replies

I rescued two goats about two weeks ago. At their first vet visit a few days later the vet confirmed that my Nigerian dwarf goat was at least 4 months pregnant. I obviously have no idea exactly when she was bred. I do know that she was freely housed…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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