Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Janie Hynson left a comment for Larry J Ransonet
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Adetona olayode posted a status
"Hello house all my 10 goat give birth to famale , I don't know what can cause this for them. I suggest the feed I feed them. Any help pls"
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Judy H posted a discussion

Feeding/bonding issue

I have a doe that kidded 2 days ago with 2 large does.  Sadly one died.  Mama is super attentive to her remaining kid, over attentive, constantly licking.  But Mama will not stand for her kid to eat.  The kid is weak and not aggressive, still can't seem to find the teat and figure it out and we are on day 3.  Yesterday morning, the kid was weak and cold and limp so I took her inside the house and fed her colostrum 1 cc a at a time, also Nutri drench.  She pick up up a little but by end of day…See More
Mar 29
Mia Day posted a discussion

Meet Jane and Scarlett we have lice

Hi my name is Mia, excited to be here. I live in Oregon with my 1 1/2 year old daughter, husband, two dogs, two pigs, two sheep, one chicken and of course Jane and Scarlett our Nigerian dwarf goats. We recently inherited these animals with the farm land we bought to build a container home on. So we are learning a lot. Here is our first obstacle LICE and a lot of them. I’ve cleared out the stall and looked up treatment methods. But would love some input, i don’t have a milking stall so not sure…See More
Mar 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"I'm glad you understand that I'm not anti-organic. :) You mentioned having salt separately. If you do, that could be your problem right there. You should never have a plain salt available when you are using salt as a carrier in your…"
Mar 27
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"I agree that there are times for unconventional means of treatment.  I didn't make my son go through surgery without anesthesia because it isn't organic, so likewise, when my new lambs had bottle jaw and anemia the day after I got…"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"If you have read anything that I've written I'm surprised you would think that I'm against organic. I just said that the only reason my goats are not on organic grain is because they were dying and not getting pregnant when I tried to…"
Mar 24
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"I do appreciate your knowledge and questions, Deborah.  I guess I was getting nervous this would turn into an organic vs. non...I don't really know it all, no one can, and don't want to get side tracked, or more so, offend…"
Mar 24
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Gotcha. I never thought much about whether a loose mineral mix was organic or not, since it literally just looks like a bunch of ground up rocks. You're right though, my label shows corn gluten feed and soybean meal in it."
Mar 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"You can't just make goats consume minerals. I have never in 17 years heard of goats that would not consume minerals for no reason. I am trying to figure out the reason, and sometimes that takes a lot of questions and answers back and forth.…"
Mar 24
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Crystal Creek copper is 1,200 Cu min, and the Selenium is 27 ppm. Respectfully, I really just wondered how to get the animals to consume minerals.  I am using the same brands as other people around here, who are not having problems with organic…"
Mar 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"How much copper and selenium are in the Crystal Creek minerals? As for chelated minerals ... I contacted the animal science professor who has done research on copper requirements of goats, and I asked him if it was true that goats need less of…"
Mar 23
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Our local feed store mineral is Manna Pro.  It has molasses, which I am trying to avoid.  But also one of the top ingredients is corn as a carrier, which I would make a high bet is GMO.  The above brands I have tried are all…"
Mar 22
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Wow, so much to know. No, I don't use Sweetlix though I did try it once--I get mine from a local feed store and it seems to do well. It's not sweetened but the goats go right for it when we put a fresh scoop out (morning and…"
Mar 22
Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"I watched your video on goats from the Home Grown Food Summit yesterday...it was fantastic!  And naturally I have read your book and it was equally fantastic :) Crystal Creek is the brand that my local organic grain producer sells. …"
Mar 21
Abbie Stockett replied to Abbie Stockett's discussion Baby goat horns
"Thanks.  I wasn't sure if the mother was polled.  The horn buds appeared in a few days.  The vet disbudded both babies yesterday. a"
Mar 21
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Garry Mellan's discussion New 'kids'on the block (gosh that has to be an old one here!).
"Yes, I have found canines of all types to be very respectful of electric fence."
Mar 21
 

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Feeding/bonding issue

Started by Judy H in Kidding Mar 29. 0 Replies

I have a doe that kidded 2 days ago with 2 large does.  Sadly one died.  Mama is super attentive to her remaining kid, over attentive, constantly licking.  But Mama will not stand for her kid to eat.  The kid is weak and not aggressive, still can't…Continue

Meet Jane and Scarlett we have lice

Started by Mia Day in Introductions Mar 27. 0 Replies

Hi my name is Mia, excited to be here. I live in Oregon with my 1 1/2 year old daughter, husband, two dogs, two pigs, two sheep, one chicken and of course Jane and Scarlett our Nigerian dwarf goats. We recently inherited these animals with the farm…Continue

Goats won't eat minerals

Started by Sparrow in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 27. 14 Replies

How would you handle goats that refuse minerals?  Even my two Icelandic lambs, who live with my does, are refusing them.  I started using Crystal Creek (available at my feed store) but they won't touch it.  Not the does, not the lambs, not the…Continue

Baby goat horns

Started by Abbie Stockett in Goats 101. Last reply by Abbie Stockett Mar 21. 3 Replies

I"m a first time goat owner.  My doe delivered two babies yesterday and they are up and wagging their tails this morning.  I am not finding any evidence of horns.  Does that mean they are polled?  If not polled when will the horns become…Continue

New 'kids'on the block (gosh that has to be an old one here!).

Started by Garry Mellan in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 21. 3 Replies

Thank you for adding us to the group; it is always handy to have a resource of knowledgeable people to ask questions, network with and just learn from. We have 4 acres in Rideau Lakes Township surrounded by farms north of Kingston Ontario. We would…Continue

New guy from Vermont

Started by Denis LaMadeleine in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 21. 1 Reply

Hi everyone, as the title says I am from Vermont and though I don't have any ND's yet, I am in the planning stages and have myself on a waiting list for a couple early this summer I hope.  I've never had goats before, only chickens and rabbits and…Continue

My Goat Kit

Started by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres in Goats 101. Last reply by Denis LaMadeleine Mar 16. 33 Replies

First of all, let me say. I don't like surprises. So I've been reading and learning and talking and learning and learning and learning about goats for some time now. In the process, I've learned that there are some things you need WHEN YOU NEED…Continue

Appropriate style of fence question

Started by Garry Mellan in Goats 101. Last reply by Garry Mellan Mar 13. 2 Replies

I am not one of those people who has to have the newest and the best fence out there. I do have to face the fact great fencing is expensive but there has to be a trade off as price is an issue given we are starting from scratch here. I am in the…Continue

Nigerian dwarf goat or pygmy goat

Started by Daniel in Breeding. Last reply by Daniel Mar 13. 5 Replies

Hi all i have this goat and I'm not sure if she is a Nigerian dwarf goat or a pygmy goat. Can some one help me and teach me how to recognise the difference.…Continue

acquiring does or wethers?

Started by Elizabeth Parson in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 12. 11 Replies

Hi all,We're getting three goats in a few months - they will be about 4 months old when we get them. We're going to be using them primarily for clearing weeds ("goatscaping") on our property. (I know this is a dairy goat forum but we don't have…Continue

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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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