Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Emily replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Detecting Heat Cycles
"I have one doe that I can NOT figure out when she's in heat. I've had her for a year now and I've never actually seen her showing any signs that people say to look for. I was beginning to think she was a hermaphrodite (she's…"
2 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katie L Zollinger's discussion Copper deficiency?
"Good catch, Julia! You would not give a doe supplemental iron if she had symptoms of copper deficiency."
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Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Katie L Zollinger's discussion Copper deficiency?
"Katie, did you say you also gave your doe oral iron over the last month? I'm wondering if that is causing problems since iron is an antagonist for copper-- their bodies can't absorb the copper if there is also too much iron. I had high…"
4 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katie L Zollinger's discussion Copper deficiency?
"Online, I usually get Copasure from Jeffer's.  I don't buy the Santa Cruz because they make claims that are not backed up by actual research, such as (1) the goats can't chew the bolus, and (2) their copper lasts a year.…"
10 hours ago
Meg replied to Katie L Zollinger's discussion Copper deficiency?
"Where do y'all buy your COWP?? Thanks!"
18 hours ago
Tom Bergstrand replied to Dion Walters's discussion fodder
"You Tube has a BUNCH of fodder operation videos for small scale ops. There are some for a few animals up to many head. We had a girl here in N. AZ. that fed pigs, horses, cattle, goats, chickens, turkeys and heaven knows what else . She had a cinder…"
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Kristi Stone replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Detecting Heat Cycles
"Thanks Julia! I'm glad I'm not the only one experiencing this, though I do have some breeding mentors that will help me work around it (i.e., allow me to put Naomi with their buck if needed for a few days to see if that helps us at all).…"
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Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Detecting Heat Cycles
"Also the cycles can be as early as 17 days or as late as 21. Some of my girls are 21 like clockwork, others are 17 or 18 regularly. Sometimes they seem in heat for 2 days then come back in in 5 days (this is called a 5 day heat). The first one is a…"
yesterday
Kristi Stone replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Detecting Heat Cycles
"Hmm, she's been butting heads with my other doe for a while now, and daily. I figured it had more to do with dominance. Funny you mention mounting---my dog is in heat and is mounting my younger doe! But I haven't seen Naomi do that…"
yesterday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Kristi Stone's discussion Detecting Heat Cycles
"When a doe is in heat, they also get kind of moody, so they start butting heads with other does. Other does might also mount the one that is in heat. If you don't have a buck, it's nice to have a wether with your does because he…"
yesterday
Kristi Stone posted a discussion

Detecting Heat Cycles

I don't have a buck, so I'm having a tough time telling what to look for in my doe. Naomi is 7 months old and 40lbs, smallish frame from what I can tell (but I'm new so I could be wrong).I am told to look for tail flagging and mucusy stuff on or around the vaginal area. I am not seeing the flagging, but I have seen a time or two some mucusy stuff on the vaginal area and the hair around the base of the tail; however, I am not seeing that there is necessarily a 21-day pattern to when it…See More
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion cut hoof in quick
"Remove the bandage immediately. There is one thing that has zero controversy -- you never bandage livestock injuries. It leads to infection. I know it sounds crazy, but I can't think of anything that has ever been bandaged. They don't even…"
Thursday
James Tinker replied to James Tinker's discussion cut hoof in quick
"Is there anything I should look out for"
Thursday
James Tinker replied to James Tinker's discussion cut hoof in quick
"I believe she was vaccinated by the former owner in march. It stopped and I doctored it with the iodine I had and covered it for tonight "
Thursday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion cut hoof in quick
"That is entirely up to you, as the whole topic of vaccines is somewhat controversial. Some people say that whenever there is any kind of cut or broken skin, you should do a booster. If the goat isn't vaccinated, you'd give the antitoxin…"
Thursday
James Tinker posted a discussion

cut hoof in quick

I cut a hook in the quick and it bled do I need to give a tetanus shot
Wednesday
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Theresa B's discussion Milk Production Expectations
"She's not a FF, but I'm still really happy!! "
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Detecting Heat Cycles

Started by Kristi Stone in Breeding. Last reply by Emily 2 hours ago. 5 Replies

I don't have a buck, so I'm having a tough time telling what to look for in my doe. Naomi is 7 months old and 40lbs, smallish frame from what I can tell (but I'm new so I could be wrong).I am told to look for tail flagging and mucusy stuff on or…Continue

Copper deficiency?

Started by Katie L Zollinger in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 4 hours ago. 6 Replies

My black doe is turning rusty on her flanks.  I understand this can be caused by a copper deficiency.  When I bought her in September she had "fish tail" and her eyelids were pale, so I gave her 1 cc of copper rods (measured in a syringe with the…Continue

fodder

Started by Dion Walters in Introductions. Last reply by Tom Bergstrand 21 hours ago. 11 Replies

I was wondering if anyone has tried growing fodder as feed. i wanna give it a try. i read posts from @ 2 years ago.thanksContinue

cut hoof in quick

Started by James Tinker in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Thursday. 4 Replies

I cut a hook in the quick and it bled do I need to give a tetanus shot

Milk Production Expectations

Started by Theresa B in Goats 101. Last reply by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres on Wednesday. 46 Replies

I am looking into purchasing a ND doe and I am primarily interested in milk production capabilities and this would be the foundational doe for my herd. I want to know how much milk is considered a good amount for a ND? I know there are a lot of…Continue

buying teat cups

Started by Judy H in Home Dairy. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm on Wednesday. 12 Replies

Where can I buy 30cc teat cups from for the milking machine I am putting together?  Our local Farmers Co-op has syringes but the end is short and small and won't work with the tubing.  So I guess I need a syringe with a long tapered end to connect…Continue

Clumpy poo-- brown stomach worm?

Started by Julia @Woody Glen Farm in Health. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm on Tuesday. 4 Replies

Hi all,I have a 7 year old doe, 10 weeks fresh, who has had clumpy poo for a couple of days. I did a fecal yesterday and again today and found only ONE egg that looks like it could be a brown stomach worm, an actual worm too, and some coccidia…Continue

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ilking issues and weaning

Started by Barbara Jean Rondine in Home Dairy. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm on Tuesday. 3 Replies

I am milking two does and both of them take 'forever"-- about 45 minutes to milk both of them" dry".  I get about a pint from each but when I go from one teat to the other and back, there's more milk, time after time.  I s this normal or am I being…Continue

Tropical grassland management

Started by Katharine Norton in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 22. 5 Replies

Hi all,I am a novice at all this farming and would appreciate some advice about managing grassland.  We have 6 dry hot months where there is no grass.  Then it rains, the grass grows and for a few weeks is perfect for the goats.  However, it grows…Continue

Adorable bottle baby

Started by Bev Sieminski, Winding Rvr Farm in Kidding. Last reply by Emily Aug 20. 2 Replies

We had a little one 1# 4oz - weak.   Had to drip milk into her mouth the first day and half,  then tried holding her up under her mom and she would suck a little.   Took some work  - I think my dogs helped with their loving kisses.   Anyway she is…Continue

Blog Posts

Fungus?

Posted by Emily Howe on June 5, 2015 at 2:49pm 3 Comments

My 4h goat has something on her bottom that looks like fungus. At first, we used vetricine product that made it shrink a bit but now it is back. Has anyone else experienced this or knows what it…

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7 week old agouti pygmys

Posted by Dion Walters on April 28, 2015 at 12:40am 0 Comments

they are 7 weeks old today

Feeding Kids

Posted by Laura Nicklas on April 26, 2015 at 9:30am 5 Comments

We have 2 kid bucks. Trouble is 15 days old and lost his mama at 4 days old. He takes his bottle well. Little Bit is 10 days old and fights the bottle. We use a syringe for the most part. He bites at it rather than sucks. We have tried different nipples, different milk, and dipped it in honey/molasses. He is a hand full at feeding time. Any suggestions?

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