Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Sparrow replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"Two of the minerals do have salt in them.  The company for the minerals without salt advised to add salt in to encourage the goats to eat them, but the goats didn't care.  I was advised to remove the kelp so there wasn't…"
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Abbie Stockett's discussion Baby goat horns
"Congratulations on your new kids! Have you felt their heads? If they are going to have horns, you should be able to feel and see a difference every day. They grow fast, and feel pointier than their polled counterparts' bumps. Buckling horns…"
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Sparrow's discussion Goats won't eat minerals
"From what I gather, the loose minerals that I buy are enticing to the goats because there's salt in them. Do the mineral blends you've mentioned have salt? (I imagine your acquaintance told you to take away the kelp because it provides…"
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Denis LaMadeleine replied to Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres's discussion My Goat Kit
"Thanks for posting this, being a complete newb to raising goats this will give me a place to start. I'm currently trying to source a local vet to help me when I need it."
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Denis LaMadeleine posted a discussion

New guy from Vermont

Hi everyone, as the title says I am from Vermont and though I don't have any ND's yet, I am in the planning stages and have myself on a waiting list for a couple early this summer I hope.  I've never had goats before, only chickens and rabbits and ducks.  I'm really excited but I have a lot of work to do and I have to wait for a lot of snow to melt before I can get started.I decided to join here so I can learn more about these precious little critters and maybe enlist some help if I have some…See More
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Sparrow posted a discussion

Goats won't eat minerals

How would you handle goats that refuse minerals?  Even my two Icelandic lambs, who live with my does, are refusing them.  I started using Crystal Creek (available at my feed store) but they won't touch it.  Not the does, not the lambs, not the wethers (who are housed separately, so they can't be copying the girls).  I then tried Back in Balance (which costs more) as the breeders I have talked to say it's the best.  Nope.  I then, out of desperation, tried the cafeteria style minerals so they…See More
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Abbie Stockett posted a discussion

Baby goat horns

I"m a first time goat owner.  My doe delivered two babies yesterday and they are up and wagging their tails this morning.  I am not finding any evidence of horns.  Does that mean they are polled?  If not polled when will the horns become noticeable?  I am wanting to have them disbudded.  I read that disbudding should take place very early.See More
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Garry Mellan replied to Garry Mellan's discussion Appropriate style of fence question
"My poultry netting is comprised of two 164 foot sections of Gallagher fence similar to Premier in its construction one of which can divide my paddock into quarters if I want. No bottle babies is the plan at least for now. 3 of the new goats will be…"
Mar 13
Garry Mellan replied to Garry Mellan's discussion New 'kids'on the block (gosh that has to be an old one here!).
"Thanks for the input Deborah. When I try something new I always try and find someone who I trust knows what they are talking about and follow their example. I've been following a lot of your advise. I have read your book a few times as I am…"
Mar 13
Daniel replied to Daniel's discussion Nigerian dwarf goat or pygmy goat
"Ho that's why its a little bit different from pygmy or Nigerian. So she might be mixed breed with the Maltese goat which is native here. And thanks for the reply."
Mar 13
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Elizabeth Parson's discussion acquiring does or wethers?
Mar 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Garry Mellan's discussion New 'kids'on the block (gosh that has to be an old one here!).
"Welcome to the group! Maybe I'm misunderstanding your plan, but you can't really let the goats into the chicken coop because they will eat so much grain that they will kill themselves with one of several possible diseases, such as…"
Mar 12
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Garry Mellan's discussion Appropriate style of fence question
"Woven wire fencing will keep NDs safely enclosed. That's what we have. As long as you don't have bottle babies, the little ones do not even try to get through the fence. However, having a strand of electric at nose level would keep goats…"
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Goats won't eat minerals

Started by Sparrow in Goats 101. Last reply by Sparrow 8 hours ago. 2 Replies

How would you handle goats that refuse minerals?  Even my two Icelandic lambs, who live with my does, are refusing them.  I started using Crystal Creek (available at my feed store) but they won't touch it.  Not the does, not the lambs, not the…Continue

Baby goat horns

Started by Abbie Stockett in Goats 101. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea 22 hours ago. 1 Reply

I"m a first time goat owner.  My doe delivered two babies yesterday and they are up and wagging their tails this morning.  I am not finding any evidence of horns.  Does that mean they are polled?  If not polled when will the horns become…Continue

My Goat Kit

Started by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres in Goats 101. Last reply by Denis LaMadeleine on Saturday. 33 Replies

First of all, let me say. I don't like surprises. So I've been reading and learning and talking and learning and learning and learning about goats for some time now. In the process, I've learned that there are some things you need WHEN YOU NEED…Continue

New guy from Vermont

Started by Denis LaMadeleine in Introductions on Saturday. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, as the title says I am from Vermont and though I don't have any ND's yet, I am in the planning stages and have myself on a waiting list for a couple early this summer I hope.  I've never had goats before, only chickens and rabbits and…Continue

Appropriate style of fence question

Started by Garry Mellan in Goats 101. Last reply by Garry Mellan Mar 13. 2 Replies

I am not one of those people who has to have the newest and the best fence out there. I do have to face the fact great fencing is expensive but there has to be a trade off as price is an issue given we are starting from scratch here. I am in the…Continue

New 'kids'on the block (gosh that has to be an old one here!).

Started by Garry Mellan in Introductions. Last reply by Garry Mellan Mar 13. 2 Replies

Thank you for adding us to the group; it is always handy to have a resource of knowledgeable people to ask questions, network with and just learn from. We have 4 acres in Rideau Lakes Township surrounded by farms north of Kingston Ontario. We would…Continue

Nigerian dwarf goat or pygmy goat

Started by Daniel in Breeding. Last reply by Daniel Mar 13. 5 Replies

Hi all i have this goat and I'm not sure if she is a Nigerian dwarf goat or a pygmy goat. Can some one help me and teach me how to recognise the difference.…Continue

acquiring does or wethers?

Started by Elizabeth Parson in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 12. 11 Replies

Hi all,We're getting three goats in a few months - they will be about 4 months old when we get them. We're going to be using them primarily for clearing weeds ("goatscaping") on our property. (I know this is a dairy goat forum but we don't have…Continue

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Which doe to choose?

Started by Glenna Rose in Breeding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 12. 1 Reply

As some of you know, I lost a prize doe in January due to bloat from something she was fed through the fence; the vet could not determine exactly what.  I am still not adjusted to her death and it will be two months on Monday.  I'm not sure what is…Continue

Milk Production Expectations

Started by Theresa B in Goats 101. Last reply by Glenna Rose Mar 4. 64 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

Blog Posts

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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