for people who love the littlest dairy goats
Is it OK to pen two pregnant does together who are going to be kidding close to the same time? The pen is plenty big enough for two does. I suppose I could split it, but would rather not. Thanks in advance.
First post here! I added 3 Nigerian Dwarfs to the farm 3 weeks ago. Ive had experience with horses and working with dogs and cats as a vet tech for years. I noticed some hair loss/thinning on one doe - She kidded in February and I'm currently…Continue
Yesterday I had my three 1 week old kids disbudded by the vet. Everything went well. This afternoon he must have knocked one of his horns, blood was gushing every where. Luckily we caught it within 10 minutes of it happening. I brought him in to…Continue
We had a mama give birth last night to three living goats and one that looked like it had been dead for a while in utero. Two are nursing on the mom and doing ok (she isn't that great of a mom but they are making it ok). The third is a tiny 1 lb.…Continue
I am wondering how to pull as much fat as possible out of the milk while still keeping it in it's raw form. I have been looking for 2 days now on how to produce skim milk from raw milk and have not found an exact answer. The cream that rises to…Continue
I am looking for some sort of chart or list that indicates what the ideal mineral requirements are for ND's to better assess whether the feed and loose minerals (and certainly the pasture/browse in my area) are meeting the needs of my herd. As an…Continue
Morning All,I have chosen this year to not vaccinate my herd but I have several people who are having kids and want the kids vaccinated with CDT. What age and dosage can I do this for the kids? I for some reason have 2 and 6 weeks in my head and…Continue
Does anyone have a source of Selenium/Vit E powder to order from? I am all out, and Hoeggers Farm Yard are not answering their phones so I am hesitant to place an order online. I don't see anyone else carrying it for goats online. All I see in…Continue
Hello: Looking for some of you to share your bottle baby routines/processes... like:1. what do you use as milk replacer2. how often, and how much should the baby be fed2. can the bottle baby be kept with the others, or must it be kept separate and…Continue
My doe gave birth to two bucklings yesterday afternoon. They all seem to be doing well. Both boys are eating and walking around. One seems more vigorous than the other. How often should they be sleeping? How active should they be day 2? What signs…Continue
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…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