for people who love the littlest dairy goats
I recently bought a doe from a friend knowing that she was bred and that the date hadn't gotten written down. I know she's due at some point after this passed Saturday (8/27/16). We are in North FL and are expecting a tropical storm this week. She's…Continue
I was wondering if anyone has ever tried giving goats the water left over from cooking vegetables. If I don't save it for stock later, I always pour this water into the compost pile or directly on plants. But it just struck me that if a goat likes…Continue
Hello! We recently re-homed our two kid wethers after three months of nursing. In the few days since, our doe has decided she does NOT like her grain. It's a sweet feed for dairy goats and she's been eating it for months, although she's never…Continue
This was posted elsewhere. As I recall, it is counter to what I have usually read, but perhaps I am misunderstanding some things."actually alfalfa is great for boys - they need the calcium. The best ratio of calcium to phosphorous is 2:1 (more…Continue
I've learned so much about my beloved goats from this part of their lives. I realize my experience with my two does and a wether is small scale, but it's been very valuable to me.I'll start with my first freshener, Juniper. I've raised her since she…Continue
We are considering buying our first breeding buck this summer/fall to service our does. I would love it if some of you that have experience buying bucks, and breeding them, would give your two cents. I found this link (…Continue
Hello,I have been hanging around this forum for many months and have learned so much from all of the questions on here and many knowledgeable answers. And simply enjoyed my time reading thru it all. So now I come to you all with a question about…Continue
Hi all, I was wondering if anyone here has experience using the equine paste Ivermectin. I suspect lungworm in my two Nigerian does and would prefer to treat with the paste since it is more economical than the injectable or drench. I am having a…Continue
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...…Continue
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…Continue
Let me explain Nellie Olsen my saanan gave birth on May 9 to a boy and girl snowball as my husband calls them. I got everyone all situated together in birthing chalet and go to eat some dinner. Aparently you are not allowed to eat with goats because when I came back in 30 minutes the Mama had squanched the baby girl kid underneath her! (my heartbreaking )I guess i will seperate when im not around here on out. has anyone else had this happen? Like why, did i do something wrong?desperatly…Continue
Willow and I decided on the name Hackberry Woods.
Hackberry is the predominant species of tree in the goat area. We love the funny bark, the precious little berries, and the haphazard look of the foliage.
For nature nerds: Hackberry is native to Indiana and a lot of the Midwestern US; the small berries (or drupes) are edible in autumn; also goes by the names Sugarberry and Nettletree. The name Hackberry is from the Scottish "hagberry," meaning "marsh berry."