Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Francesco posted a discussion

Pudding

Hello everybody,I don’t own any goats yet but I’m planning to get some nigerian dwarves soon.My question is: does anybody use the ND milk to make chocolate pudding? Does it taste good? Do kids like it?How much ND milk does it take to make 3.5 ounces of pudding?Thanks to anyone who will answer.Francesco SocciSee More
2 hours ago
Tammy Gallagher replied to Maggie's discussion Parasites and weight gain
"You are so very welcome! Just keep a close eye on them. If anything else changes in addition to being a little under weight, or if the weight does not improve with the grain addition, it may be time to consider de-worming ;) Tammy"
4 hours ago
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Parasites and weight gain
"Thank you so much. Neither of the girls in question are in milk right now which is why they hadn’t been getting the extra grain but I think I might just need to continue with it at certain times during the year regardless of milk status. Thank…"
4 hours ago
Tammy Gallagher replied to Maggie's discussion Parasites and weight gain
"Hi there Maggie! Are the does in milk? If so, they should be on grain in addition to the alfalfa pellets and hay. If they are not in milk, grain is certainly a good way to get them back to correct body condition. Also- do they get loose GOAT…"
4 hours ago
Maggie posted a discussion

Parasites and weight gain

I have a few does who have been struggling to put weight on. They don’t have hay belly and don’t seem to eat any more than usual but they are under conditioned despite having constant access to hay and pasture and regular access to alfalfa pellets. We had parasite issues last year around this time (rainy season!) and while the signs aren’t all the same, I am again assuming that it’s internal parasites. What can I do (if anything) in addition to deworming to help them get back in condition? Is…See More
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kenneth spear replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion How do you keep your minerals dry?
"We have the same problem here n North Ga., after bout a week, the bottom is full of water. I just keep it wiped out, and dry"
Sep 15
Glenna Rose replied to New.to.goats's discussion New to goats
"Regarding noisy, visit the farm where you will buy your goats.  If they are noisy there, they will be noisy with you.My observation is that bottle babies are worst for noise - humans are their food source so when they see you, they will start…"
Sep 11
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion How do you keep your minerals dry?
"That's the exact same mineral feeder we use. I have never heard of it with standing water in it. That's amazing. That's never happened here, and we have humidity that's 80-90% in August. I can't imagine humidity alone…"
Sep 7
Philip Hopkins replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion How do you keep your minerals dry?
"The feeder is inside the barn which stays dry.  The drainage holes are a good idea. I'm thinking of putting some kind of absorbent material on the bottom as well. "
Sep 7
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Philip Hopkins's discussion How do you keep your minerals dry?
"I've noticed my minerals do become a bit sticky from humidity, but I've never seen standing water. Sometimes the goats go right from the water to the mineral feeder, so they might be dripping water in from their mouths. Are you keeping the…"
Sep 7
Philip Hopkins posted a discussion

How do you keep your minerals dry?

I have Purina Goat Minerals in a plastic feed bin like the one pictured below. The problem I'm having is that the minerals absorb water from the air and become basically a solid block. This morning I went out and actually found a puddle of standing water in the feeder.Does anybody know any tricks to keep these dry? I've tried putting in less at a time but they solidify within 48 hours.Thanks.…See More
Sep 6
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to New.to.goats's discussion New to goats
"Welcome to the group and the wonderful world of goats! Wethers make the best pets for multiple reasons. Since they don't have the hormones of bucks, they don't fight or pee on themselves. Since they don't have the hormones of does,…"
Aug 30
New.to.goats posted a discussion

New to goats

Hello! New to being a goat person, and I’m curious who’s the loudest bucks, wethers, or does? I want to welcome two goats into my backyard, but I don’t want to drive my neighbors crazy.Also, can a young, unfriendly goat be rehabilitated into being a happy, friendly pet?See More
Aug 28
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Aug 28
Tammy Gallagher replied to Meme's discussion Parasites?
"Hi Meme I'm so very sorry that you are dealing with this. I would add a second dewormer class and you want to be sure that you are using the appropriate dosage based on an actual weight of your goat. Since you gave Safeguard, I would also give…"
Aug 23
Meme posted a discussion

Parasites?

Okay so I don't know if it will be too late for anyone to help here but I have a very sick goat. I'm about sure it is parasite. The does eyelids are very light pink, it is lethargic and has the runs. She is about 2-3 years old. We gave her dewormer (safeguard) this morning but she isn't any better this eve. We have been giving her Molly's Herbal dewormer the last several days but it hasn't made much difference either. I called the vet and he said I could bring a fecal sample in but I'm afraid…See More
Aug 23
Thrifty Homesteader posted a video

Zinc Deficiency in Goats

I'm talking about how we prevent zinc deficiency in our bucks, as well as how you can prevent zinc deficiency in goats and how you can treat it. For more inf...
Aug 23
Tammy Gallagher replied to Debbie Hinton's discussion Food Aggression and Housing
"Hi Debbie- There is always a king (or queen) of the castle. It sounds like you are already on the right path to figuring this out. It really is an exploration of what will work, for you guys, in your situation. Multiple hay feeding stations is…"
Aug 21
 

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Pudding

Started by Francesco in Home Dairy 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hello everybody,I don’t own any goats yet but I’m planning to get some nigerian dwarves soon.My question is: does anybody use the ND milk to make chocolate pudding? Does it taste good? Do kids like it?How much ND milk does it take to make 3.5 ounces…Continue

Parasites and weight gain

Started by Maggie in Health. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher 4 hours ago. 3 Replies

I have a few does who have been struggling to put weight on. They don’t have hay belly and don’t seem to eat any more than usual but they are under conditioned despite having constant access to hay and pasture and regular access to alfalfa pellets.…Continue

How do you keep your minerals dry?

Started by Philip Hopkins in Introductions. Last reply by kenneth spear Sep 15. 4 Replies

I have Purina Goat Minerals in a plastic feed bin like the one pictured below. The problem I'm having is that the minerals absorb water from the air and become basically a solid block. This morning I went out and actually found a puddle of standing…Continue

New to goats

Started by New.to.goats in Introductions. Last reply by Glenna Rose Sep 11. 2 Replies

Hello! New to being a goat person, and I’m curious who’s the loudest bucks, wethers, or does? I want to welcome two goats into my backyard, but I don’t want to drive my neighbors crazy.Also, can a young, unfriendly goat be rehabilitated into being a…Continue

Parasites?

Started by Meme in Health. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Aug 23. 1 Reply

Okay so I don't know if it will be too late for anyone to help here but I have a very sick goat. I'm about sure it is parasite. The does eyelids are very light pink, it is lethargic and has the runs. She is about 2-3 years old. We gave her dewormer…Continue

Food Aggression and Housing

Started by Debbie Hinton in Goats 101. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Aug 21. 1 Reply

I have a 3 1/2 month old wether and a 4 month old wether. The younger one was a triplet and is much smaller than the older one. The older one has developed aggressive behavior when inside the goat shelter. There is a hay rack on one end of the…Continue

New Bucks

Started by Philip Hopkins in Health. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Aug 16. 1 Reply

I'm being gifted two new bucks from a family member in a couple of weeks after they are fully weaned. They're currently about 9 1/2 weeks old. They've never been wormed although they did receive decoquinate a week ago because they had diarrhea.…Continue

Teat spur

Started by GINGER K BRAUN in Health. Last reply by GINGER K BRAUN Aug 9. 4 Replies

Hi,I read through some of the posts about teat spurs but still had some questions. I bought this registered doeling at about a year old and didn't see any teat spurs. She was a little wild too, so I could have missed it. Now that shes bred, I see…Continue

Stubborn goats

Started by Rob in Goats 101. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Aug 8. 2 Replies

Hi guys. So our two bottle fed weathers which are being weaned refuse to drink water on their own. They’re down to 4 ounces twice a day of milk replacer. Tried molasses in the water. Tried the sucking finger trick. Any ideas? Were just worried to…Continue

Twin oaks goat and vegetable farm

Started by Rob in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 6. 1 Reply

Hello. My name is Rob O’Hagan. From Bridgeville Nova Scotia  My wife Leah and I are new to goat life. We have two Nigerian dwarf weathers ( Ollie and Opie) just for pets obviously.  They’re close to 3 months old and we’ve had them since they were a…Continue

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Posted by kenneth spear on December 19, 2020 at 9:49am 0 Comments

 our girls are really getting big now, and showing . they will be due late March early April, we r so excited .  we wanted, to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.   will keep u all posted later, bout our girls

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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