Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to WoodsEdge's discussion Teat size
"As Julianne said, the answer is yes, but the definition of "small" can vary a lot from person to person. When I first got goats, I complained constantly about the small teats on a doe that I eventually came to learn actually had really…"
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Julieanne Cook replied to WoodsEdge's discussion Teat size
"Deborah has told me that teats do get larger after kidding/milking. I noticed that with my FF this year. Hers are still smaller than many that I've seen, but they are much easier to milk now at 9 weeks post kidding than they were in the…"
Jul 21
WoodsEdge posted discussions
Jul 21
Melissa Johnson replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"So, if I witness that again, don't be concerned about initiating an internal exam at that point? "
Jul 19
Melissa Johnson replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"Deborah, she has been nursing one kid. "
Jul 19
Danielle Troup is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Jul 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"Bubbles do sometimes come out and pop before the kid. That's not a big deal and nothing to worry about. The cord does sometimes look like a white rope that you describe. If she is not nursing a kid and you are not milking her, she is dried up…"
Jul 19
Melissa Johnson replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"Given the hard time mom has had for the week. Do you think she will ever be milk able this freshening? She was on antibiotics for a week, biomycin. Took the week before she started eating and drinking again. She is much better but still not eating…"
Jul 19
Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Sally Knight's discussion Milking once a day..
"I have a girl that doesn't want me to hand strip her.   When I hand strip I hardly get anything more so why bother.   My machine seems to get most of it and I just finish with that and dip her teats and forget the hand…"
Jul 19
Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Dansha farms milker - what a joke!
"I also have arthritis and needed a milking machine.  We converted a Babson surge milker and it works great and was less money than a new milking machine.   Would be very reasonable if you already had a pump.   I have the…"
Jul 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Judy Metcalf's discussion Goats got into feed!
"Yes. You do need to toss their milk. What drug is in the feed? You can check the farad.com website for drug withdrawal, as that's the first place I'd check, and I won't be back online tonight."
Jul 18
Judy Metcalf posted a discussion

Goats got into feed!

Went out to the barn to milk this evening and discovered many of them had gotten into the feed room!  Not sure how they got in (probably let in by our clever and sneaky wether) nor how long they were there, but 8 goats can do significant damage in 3 minutes so the mess in the room was no indication of time spent there!  The only feed that they could get into was the kids' feed which contains a coccidiastat that I know the milking does cannot eat.   I need to assume they did.  I will be watching…See More
Jul 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"Sorry to hear all of that. If the placenta started separating before the kid was born, she was probably oxygen deprived, which is not good. Glad to hear the mom is doing better."
Jul 18
Melissa Johnson replied to Melissa Johnson's discussion Tube feeding
"Didn't make it Deborah. After much research, I think the chance was pretty slim. Both bags were expelled at once, no kid. There was a membrane that was still going inside the doe. I felt but didn't feel a kid only went as far as pelvic…"
Jul 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Free choice selenium... need new choices
"It's really not that great. Sweetlix Meat Maker has 50 ppm selenium. At first 90 ppm sounds great -- until you realize that the Redmond is about 90% salt, so the animals won't consume that much of the product. Sweetlix has only 10% salt,…"
Jul 17
Lan is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
Jul 17
Julieanne Cook replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Free choice selenium... need new choices
"Here's a resource for selenium that I found. It has other ingredients as well, but the selenium is 90ppm.  https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/12284//"
Jul 15
 

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Teat size

Started by WoodsEdge in Home Dairy. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Saturday. 2 Replies

So I am new to NDGs as I've said, but would like to milk perhaps starting next spring (we plan to breed our doe this fall).   Right now she's in milk with her wether, but I have no place to separate him so I could at least have the morning milk. A…Continue

ADM feeds

Started by WoodsEdge in Health Jul 21. 0 Replies

Anyone using this?  One Boer breeder in my area swears by it, says its the best feed out there.Her goats all look great! I'm currently feeding Hilands feed, which has whole grains in it, and powder. I'm having trouble with my two sorting through the…Continue

Tube feeding

Started by Melissa Johnson in Kidding. Last reply by Melissa Johnson Jul 19. 7 Replies

Have a baby that I have to tube feed. -(. It weighs 2 .2 lbs. fed it 1 1/2 ounce hour and half ago.Told that too much. Help. Weak, kid, no suck reflex, all day. Breech birth with hock bent against pelvic of mom. Different birth for all!Continue

Milking once a day..

Started by Sally Knight in Home Dairy. Last reply by Winding River Farm (Bev) Jul 19. 3 Replies

HI everyone,Needing some advice with a First Freshner.I have sisters who kidded first time this year, both gave me twins which was lovely. One doeling has taken really well to milking her sister is a whole other story.  I have managed to milk her…Continue

Dansha farms milker - what a joke!

Started by Julieanne Cook in Home Dairy. Last reply by Winding River Farm (Bev) Jul 19. 11 Replies

Has anyone else had experience with Dansha Farms? I ordered a manual milker from them and the pump on it broke on the first use. It just snapped. So we called them and they said they'd send out a replacement pump. It arrived a couple of days later,…Continue

Goats got into feed!

Started by Judy Metcalf in Home Dairy. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 18. 1 Reply

Went out to the barn to milk this evening and discovered many of them had gotten into the feed room!  Not sure how they got in (probably let in by our clever and sneaky wether) nor how long they were there, but 8 goats can do significant damage in 3…Continue

Free choice selenium... need new choices

Started by Julia @Woody Glen Farm in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 17. 6 Replies

Apparently we can't get the Selenium/E from Caprine Supply anymore. Anyone done the research to see what we can use to replace it? My bucket from CS does not say how much selenium was in it so it's very hard to compare. There are multiple brands of…Continue

Hello from Oregon!

Started by Doreen in Introductions. Last reply by Julieanne Cook Jul 15. 1 Reply

Hi! My name is Doreen. I own a small ranch in Drain, Oregon, where I raise Nigerian Dwarf and Nubian Dairy Goats and black and white Paint horses. I am a retired school teacher. I miss the human kids, but I am enjoying spending time with my 4-legged…Continue

Shipping kids

Started by Leah Martin in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 12. 4 Replies

I'm starting to offer shipping to my buyers. If I want to fly kids what all do I have to do and around how much would it cost the buyers?

re-breeding question

Started by Trish in Breeding. Last reply by Trish Jul 12. 2 Replies

Last year my nigerian dwarf doe had two kids. This year, in January 2016 she aborted three bucklings two weeks before delivery. I saw this stuff hanging out of her and thought oh, she is in labor..It was ugly and it looked like afterbirth hanging…Continue

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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."

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