Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Julieanne Cook liked Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Experiment: Flavored Water
7 minutes ago
Julieanne Cook replied to Emily's discussion Ugh. The waiting game.
"Some old-timers insist that changes in barometric pressure cause goats to go into labor. So keep a close eye on her tonight! ;-)"
8 minutes ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion External parasites?
"My goats haven't had anything that looked quite like that. Lice don't really do anything to the skin that's obvious to the naked eye, and mites usually cause hair loss. I wonder if it's some other type of insect bites that we…"
2 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emily's discussion Ugh. The waiting game.
"You might be better than me, but it took us years to get good at everything related to birthing. In fact, it took us several years to get good enough at finding ligaments that it was somewhat reliable. We couldn't find ligaments on some goats…"
3 hours ago
Naomi D'Andrea posted a discussion

Experiment: Flavored Water

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 beets to eat, maybe it would appreciate beet water.If nobody can think of a reason this would be bad, I'm going to try it.See More
6 hours ago
Emily posted a discussion

Ugh. The waiting game.

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 been walking around with ligaments gone and udder tight for the last 16 hours! She doesn't want any grain (very uncharacteristic) but she's happily munching on her Chaffhaye. I think she's waiting until the storm gets here so I have to bring her…See More
7 hours ago
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Kali Sink's discussion Picky Eater on the Milkstand
"My girls are super picky and after struggling with feeding them commercial grain and having them pick through it (avoiding pellets) I decided to try mixing them custom grains. Through trial and error, they get crimped barley and crimped steamed oats…"
yesterday
Kali Sink replied to Kali Sink's discussion Picky Eater on the Milkstand
"They CAN be picky about grain!  It's so ironic that most peoples' reaction to goats is "they eat EVERYTHING don't they?".  I've switched my doe over to 1/3 lentils, 1/3 BOSS, 1/3 grain, and a small scoop of…"
Monday
Katharine Norton posted a discussion

External parasites?

Does this look like external parasites on my 6 month old goat?  The skin is raised, dry, flaky, cracked,  in 2 patches  on his body.  Thanks for the adviceSee More
Monday
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"That's really pretty funny about the beards and water since the bucks pee on their beards and directly into their mouths! Mine drink the water fine and all day long. I don't think they mind a little of their pee in the water at all!"
Sunday
Julieanne Cook replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"Thanks Bev, I love that kind of wisdom from people who have been doing this for a long time. Such a logical thing to do, but it never occurred to me!  "
Sunday
Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"I hear so many varied views on alfalfa and the bucks.  Back years ago when I had Nubians I feed alfalfa to all my goats.   Usually some grass hay top dressed with alfalfa.  Never had a problem. I do the same now - my bucks and…"
Sunday
Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Reflections on my first breeding season
"I loved your story.   Goats are so amazing and I have experienced the same feelings as you.    And also as Deborah said - I love them all for their own qualities.   I started with three and now have 20. …"
Sunday
Trish replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"My opinion which has worked for all my bucks...I do not ever feed alfalfa.  I did in the beginning and I noticed that they became very aggressive.  So for 8 years I do not feed alfalfa.  I feed, oat hay, sudan, tricale, higare,…"
Saturday
Jess Johnson replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
Saturday
Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Kali Sink's discussion Picky Eater on the Milkstand
"I have one doe that is still missing her baby after a month after  it's sale .  Doesn't want to eat her grain and doesn't really want me to milk her in the evening.  Some of my does really are effected when their babies…"
Friday
Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Prime Breeding Age For Bucks
"I agree with Deborah - if well cared for a four year old buck is in his prime.   I bought an older Nubian buck years back and had him for quite a few years before a divorce caused me to sell him. I have Nigerians now and my bucks have…"
Friday
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"Any tips for improving zinc levels? I think I might be having an issue with this..."
Aug 24
Maureen Rowe is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Aug 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Glenna Rose's discussion Comment please, alfalfa and males
"You hear about so many different management styles because everyone's situation is different, and I'm sure that your situation is even more different, being on a different continent in a different hemisphere and everything. Knock on wood,…"
Aug 24
 

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Ugh. The waiting game.

Started by Emily in Kidding. Last reply by Julieanne Cook 8 minutes ago. 2 Replies

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

External parasites?

Started by Katharine Norton in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

Does this look like external parasites on my 6 month old goat?  The skin is raised, dry, flaky, cracked,  in 2 patches  on his body.  Thanks for the advice…Continue

Experiment: Flavored Water

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Health 6 hours ago. 0 Replies

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

Tags: Cooking, Vegetables, Nutrition, Water

Picky Eater on the Milkstand

Started by Kali Sink in Home Dairy. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm yesterday. 8 Replies

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

Comment please, alfalfa and males

Started by Glenna Rose in Health. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm on Sunday. 17 Replies

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

Reflections on my first breeding season

Started by Julieanne Cook in Kidding. Last reply by Winding River Farm (Bev) on Sunday. 5 Replies

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

Prime Breeding Age For Bucks

Started by Jabe Thomas in Breeding. Last reply by Winding River Farm (Bev) on Friday. 2 Replies

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

Tags: breeding, line, bucks

Confused about what to feed a ND buck - Big Time!

Started by susan nichols in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 21. 5 Replies

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

Ivermectin paste dosage

Started by Katie Stedman in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 18. 1 Reply

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

Fortunate goats rescued from wildfire

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Goat Friends Aug 16. 0 Replies

Here's a link to news about some little ones in the Clayton Fire.…Continue

Tags: News, Rescue, Wildfire, California

Blog Posts

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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My Mama goat is a squancher?

Posted by swampgardengrl on May 11, 2016 at 7:01am 1 Comment

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…

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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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