Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Old Haunt Farm replied to Old Haunt Farm's discussion Early Labor: When do I go out to the barn??!!
"Thanks so much for your reply, Julia! Still no babies, which is good since we're closer to full-term now. We're either at Day 143 or Day 139 now. I'm watching Goat TV almost constantly now, and this morning Maple didn't want all…"
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Julieanne Cook posted a discussion

"The Buck Effect"

 I've always wondered why some does, including mine, go into apparent heat and get bred, then come back into heat five days later.  This may be old news to other people, but this is the first time I've seen this theory.Quoted from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension webpage - In goats, estrus can be induced with the strategic exposure of anestrus does to intact males. This response is dependent on the depth of seasonal anestrus and associated with a first ovulation in two to three days…See More
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Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Old Haunt Farm's discussion Early Labor: When do I go out to the barn??!!
"When mine are in labor I can watch them with the camera and usually tell when a push starts happening. But if you're new to this you might not recognize it. However, pushes sound like grunting followed by screaming as Deborah pointed out. If…"
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Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Glenna Rose's discussion More than bloat . . .Enterotoxemia
"I don't think so... it applies to fresh green grasses especially after rain. Shrubbery is always their preferred browse anyway, maybe because they subconsciously know they can bloat on grass.  "
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Glenna Rose's discussion More than bloat . . .Enterotoxemia
"Thanks for sharing, Glenna! This article states that feeding lush spring growth (grasses) is a precursor to bloat. I wonder if the shrubbery my goats eat (almost exclusively right now) carries the same risk? It's mostly honeysuckle and…"
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Old Haunt Farm replied to Old Haunt Farm's discussion Early Labor: When do I go out to the barn??!!
"UPDATE: Signs continue, but Maple did not enter active labor last night. I'm so glad that the little goatie buns are still baking! I know I'm not a goat, but this morning I'm remembering that I showed "early labor signs" for…"
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Glenna Rose posted a discussion

More than bloat . . .Enterotoxemia

One of the members of one of the facebook goat groups has three goats in extreme distress.  The vet was able to get there in spite of a storm and it looks like they are going to be okay; thankfully she called.  It turns out they have Enterotoxemia which is contagious and deadly.  It might be a good idea to read about it since it starts with bloat.http://www.goatworld.com/articles/enterotoxemia/enterotoxemia3.shtmlSee More
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Old Haunt Farm replied to Old Haunt Farm's discussion Early Labor: When do I go out to the barn??!!
"So hope it's the first breeding that took, then! But glad to know it's at least possible to have kids survive on Day 138. She's actually up eating now and acting a bit more herself. She may have just been chewing her cud. It…"
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Old Haunt Farm replied to Old Haunt Farm's discussion Early Labor: When do I go out to the barn??!!
"I wanted to add that our LGDs accidentally gave Maple a fright today when they were running along the fence line near where she was browsing. Our LGDs aren't in with the goats regularly right now, as they've been with the sheep lately, but…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Old Haunt Farm's discussion Early Labor: When do I go out to the barn??!!
"Day 138 would be pretty early, but if you're there, the kids could make it. We had some a bit earlier than that one time, and they were not able to stand for the first day or two, and mama didn't have any milk, so we had to bottle-feed…"
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Old Haunt Farm posted a discussion

Early Labor: When do I go out to the barn??!!

Hello!I have 2nd-time mama that was bred on Dec 10th & 14th. She kidded with twins last year at her original farm with no issues. So she's either almost on Day 142 or Day 138 (obviously I hope it's the former if she's actually in early labor). She is my first and only doe due to kid, as I "kidded" myself this past fall with my 2nd child and missed the breeding window for my other 2 ladies (from the same breeder) who would have been 1st fresheners this year.Anyway, I've been watching every…See More
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Julieanne Cook replied to SFBayArea's discussion Thinking of becoming NDG owner
"Hello and welcome from a former Bay Area dweller (San Jose, born and raised).  Our forum owner/administrator, Deborah, is a wealth of excellent wholistic knowledge and I'm sure she can provide the answers to a lot of your questions. This…"
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Need help with my little buckling
"Thank you for sharing your experience! Glad he's doing well."
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Julieanne Cook replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Need help with my little buckling
"That's so good to hear! I completely agree that a little TLC can go a long way. But I feel so bad for your husband!"
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Judy Metcalf replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Need help with my little buckling
"So just thought I would update this.  By last Sunday morning we were convinced that we were going to lose Bullwinkle.  He was very weak and just not recovering, even with mom.  We scooped him up and brought him to the house where he…"
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SFBayArea posted a discussion

Thinking of becoming NDG owner

Hello guys,My first post here. I've been researching about possible "backyard" goat breeds and I think Nigerian Dwarf is the best goat out there for my purposes. I love goat milk and drink a lot of milk as is, so I am want to have goat specifically for milking. I have about an acre of land with grassy hill and seeded clover plains where the fruit trees grow. I currently have chickens and they have about 40 x 40 yards pan and they are pretty happy campers with very little management. However,…See More
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Julieanne Cook replied to Rachel Griebenow's discussion My buck is acting weak and lethargic - what could be wrong?
"Yay! So glad to hear he is on the mend. And happy for you as well, you must have been so stressed out about it.  Deborah, I read about your paralyzed doe on your website, and was totally amazed. Animals' ability to overcome their…"
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Early Labor: When do I go out to the barn??!!

Started by Old Haunt Farm in Kidding. Last reply by Old Haunt Farm 48 minutes ago. 6 Replies

Hello!I have 2nd-time mama that was bred on Dec 10th & 14th. She kidded with twins last year at her original farm with no issues. So she's either almost on Day 142 or Day 138 (obviously I hope it's the former if she's actually in early labor).…Continue

"The Buck Effect"

Started by Julieanne Cook in Breeding 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

 I've always wondered why some does, including mine, go into apparent heat and get bred, then come back into heat five days later.  This may be old news to other people, but this is the first time I've seen this theory.Quoted from the North Carolina…Continue

More than bloat . . .Enterotoxemia

Started by Glenna Rose in Health. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

One of the members of one of the facebook goat groups has three goats in extreme distress.  The vet was able to get there in spite of a storm and it looks like they are going to be okay; thankfully she called.  It turns out they have Enterotoxemia…Continue

Thinking of becoming NDG owner

Started by SFBayArea in Goats 101. Last reply by Julieanne Cook yesterday. 1 Reply

Hello guys,My first post here. I've been researching about possible "backyard" goat breeds and I think Nigerian Dwarf is the best goat out there for my purposes. I love goat milk and drink a lot of milk as is, so I am want to have goat specifically…Continue

Need help with my little buckling

Started by Judy Metcalf in Health. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea on Friday. 6 Replies

Have an 8 week old buckling that wound up having surgery for an undescended testicle last Monday (he was sold as a wether).  The surgery wound up being a little more extensive than expected as the testicle was quite high. The vet said to expect him…Continue

My buck is acting weak and lethargic - what could be wrong?

Started by Rachel Griebenow in Health. Last reply by Julieanne Cook on Wednesday. 10 Replies

Maverick is my young buck, about 1 year and 4 months old. Here's the timeline:- Wednesday evening - I went down to feed, and Maverick didn't come to meet me like usual. He walked over slowly, and lay down halfway there. I called him, and he got up…Continue

First Freshener at 8 years old

Started by Stephanie in Breeding. Last reply by Stephanie on Tuesday. 5 Replies

Does anyone have experience with a doe kidding at 8 years old? I have the opportunity to buy a doe who is 8 years old and due in june or july...my concern is that she is so much older and has never had babies. Has anyone had experience with this? Is…Continue

Stolen baby doe

Started by Myra Isaac in Goats 101. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea Apr 24. 4 Replies

A close friend text me this morning and informed me that the 9 day old mini Nubian doe that I was planning to buy from her was stolen from her barn last night. We are all just sick. She's very tame but dam raised. Any ideas of ways to help find her?…Continue

How hungry is too hungry?

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Apr 24. 3 Replies

Here's a little bit about our feeding schedule. It's pretty simple: The goats always have hay to eat--it never runs out, but they don't love it. However, during the growing season, we start the day by giving them two enormous armloads of…Continue

Why would my dry doe develop a lopsided udder?

Started by Rachel Griebenow in Home Dairy. Last reply by Rachel Griebenow Apr 24. 8 Replies

My 2-year-old LaMancha, the one we've had so much trouble getting bred (even after vet checks, diet checks, minerals, copper, etc.), now has had her udder filling up the last few weeks.At first I thought, yay! Maybe she's finally bred. But her udder…Continue

Blog Posts

Our Herd has a Name

Posted by Naomi D'Andrea on February 26, 2016 at 6:32pm 0 Comments

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."

These…

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"I'll Feed Them Every Day!"

Posted by Naomi D'Andrea on December 30, 2015 at 6:41pm 1 Comment

In the spring of 2014, my daughter Willow asked me for the hundred and twenty-third time if we could get dairy goats. Like always, I said something to the effect of "that would be fun. Maybe someday." This time, though, instead of moving on, she followed up with the line we all know and love: "I'll buy them with my own money. I'll do all the work." And just like that, now we have goats.

Now, the actual full story is longer and boringer.

We spent three months just reading books…

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My Fav

Posted by James Tinker on September 18, 2015 at 10:27am 0 Comments

My little ones growing up..

Posted by James Tinker on September 15, 2015 at 10:50am 2 Comments

I still think they are cute and enjoy their antics just as much as when bottle feeding them, but my wife just made the comment that they are grown up and not as cute as when little. …

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