Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Jakayla Marie Hamminga replied to Jakayla Marie Hamminga's discussion Grain and Goats
"Thank you Sheana! I’ve searched around a bit too and I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with that response. Sounds like the boys are going to have to get a different treat at dinner time instead."
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Sheana replied to Jakayla Marie Hamminga's discussion Grain and Goats
"I'm very new to goats but from the reading I have done here you arent supposed to give grain to males, it has too much calcium and can cause stones to develop in the urinary tract. I do believe females while pregnant and nursing can be…"
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Copper Deficiency

Hello, we just rescued a buck Nigerian dwarf. His coat is completely white, I dont think he has a fish tail, the tip has hair, but the underside is completely bald. I am not sure if he has always been white or if this is a sign of copper deficiency. The previous owner said he has no problems breeding. Do you think he could be copper deficient? Or just has a white coat? Thank you, we are new to goats.See More
Nov 6
Jakayla Marie Hamminga posted a discussion

Grain and Goats

I have a herd of four right now, a buckling from this spring, a whether from this spring as bucklings buddy, and a mother/ daughter pair, mom a few years old and baby from this spring as well. My question is on grain and goats. I'm sure it varies by each goat and their independent needs, but i want a better idea of how much each goat should be eating each night. We use the purina all lifestages goat feed from TSC. Our momma goat might possibly be expecting in a few months (we did not breed her,…See More
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Sheana replied to Brianna's discussion Whats best
"We are new to goats as well and bought meadow grass hay, that was the only grass hay they feed store had. Is this going to be ok? Also what is the sea kelp for? We dont have that one and have not heard about that yet. Thank you for the help!"
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Sheana left a comment for Janie Hynson
"Thank you for adding me to this group. We are just getting started with nigi goats! All the info we can get is much appreciated."
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James Tinker replied to Aaron White's discussion Hay while on pasture?
"sounds like there is enough browse in the pasture to keep them busy and full."
Oct 17
James Tinker replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Can dry doe be forced into milk?
"i don' know unless the vet was going to give her hormone shots or something. i have read that some have kept a doe in milk multiple years. just maybe, if she wanted kids so much that she let others nurse, she might come into milk when kids…"
Oct 17
Glenna Rose replied to Brianna's discussion Whats best
"Silly!  Not "jumped in" at all.  That's what we are here for, to help each other.  It's not unusual to leave out a bit of information (which I did!) that could be important.  We learn from each other's…"
Oct 10
Aaron White replied to Brianna's discussion Whats best
"Glenna I only jumped in and added that info because I know as a newbie myself the whole hay thing confused me.  I had to go to the farm store and act the total newb and ask the "dumb" questions to figure it all out.  It also took…"
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Grain and Goats

Started by Jakayla Marie Hamminga in Goats 101. Last reply by Jakayla Marie Hamminga on Friday. 2 Replies

I have a herd of four right now, a buckling from this spring, a whether from this spring as bucklings buddy, and a mother/ daughter pair, mom a few years old and baby from this spring as well. My question is on grain and goats. I'm sure it varies by…Continue

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Copper Deficiency

Started by Sheana in Goats 101 Nov 6. 0 Replies

Hello, we just rescued a buck Nigerian dwarf. His coat is completely white, I dont think he has a fish tail, the tip has hair, but the underside is completely bald. I am not sure if he has always been white or if this is a sign of copper deficiency.…Continue

Whats best

Started by Brianna in Goats 101. Last reply by Sheana Oct 27. 6 Replies

Hi everyone! I am new to the whole goat raising and homesteading but i find it extremely interesting and fun to learn about. Anyways my husband and i bought a goat whose roughly 4 months old give or take and we were told by the lady we got him from…Continue

Hay while on pasture?

Started by Aaron White in Goats 101. Last reply by James Tinker Oct 17. 1 Reply

Deborah,   In your book, I am pretty sure I read it in there, you say that goats should have access to hay pretty much 24/7.  I have hay available in our barns where the goats are when not out on pasture but currently do not have hay out in the…Continue

Can dry doe be forced into milk?

Started by Glenna Rose in Introductions. Last reply by James Tinker Oct 17. 1 Reply

My Ginger girl, the first baby born here, had a horrible tragedy with her first litter in March of 2016 and both were lost. I did milk her; her first month's milk went to help a rejected kid elsewhere.I was heartbroken because I believe she would…Continue

Butterfat versus Cheese Production

Started by Glenna Rose in Home Dairy Sep 24. 0 Replies

From another source, this was posted:"It's the high allele's on their S1 Casein protein gene that causes the higher yield, softer curd and desired taste in goats. ND's just happen to be the one breed that carries the most A and B alleles on the that…Continue

Moving out of State - I need advise to Transport 3 Does and 2 Dogs

Started by Ruben Castellanos in Transportation Sep 19. 0 Replies

Hello,We just moved from Western North Carolina (WNC) to Southern Maine around a month ago. I am planning on flying back to WNC in the next few days to pick up some of our Nigerian Dwarf goats (3 does) and our 2 dogs (Great Pyrenees). Problem is…Continue

HELP!! LGD pups dieing

Started by Myra Isaac in Health. Last reply by Myra Isaac Sep 16. 2 Replies

To make a long story short we've been getting a ton of rain. My 2.5 year old LGD female had a litter of pups July 26th 2018. In the last week we have lost three pups. We started out with a total of 11 and now we're down to 4. The pups get lethargic…Continue

teach to take the bottle?

Started by Margot Gray in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 12. 3 Replies

My doe had quads last night- all doelings! Two of them are weaker than the others, and I think it might be best to pull them and put them on the bottle.  Does anyone have tips on how to get them to take the bottle? They just sit there with the…Continue

Introduction :)

Started by Elizabeth Douglass in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 12. 4 Replies

Hi All,My name is Elizabeth and my 11 year old daughter and I just adopted 3 soon to be wether Nigerian Dwarf goats.  Their purpose:  to be fully and completely loved on.  Not sure of our herd name...so far have 'G' men...like FBI agents but they…Continue

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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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