Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Not sure how to proceed
"Ditto on everything Rachel said. This would be true of any goat. There is not much of a difference between breeds when it comes to mineral needs. Actually our lamanchas were far less hardy than the NDs, which is one reason I no longer have them.…"
3 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Not sure how to proceed
"I think easy is a relative term. Iron in your water would impact absorption of any breed goat. Keep in mind, that sites like this are a place for everyone to come trouble shoot, so what you see here can seem like a lot of issues. In reality, you…"
5 hours ago
Julieanne Cook replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Not sure how to proceed
"Yes, we have well water that apparently has iron in it. I assume that deletes copper from their system.  Well shoot, I thought it was ok because they have free choice minerals, I've bolused with COWP, and she shows no signs of coat…"
6 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Not sure how to proceed
"Yes. Copper is really important to fertility. Do you have sulfur or iron in your water? (Sulfur makes it stink, and iron makes things turn orange like a white sink.) "
7 hours ago
Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres replied to Mary's discussion CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME... I AM NEW
"I'm not clear on what your question is exactly? Are the kids in the same pen as their dams? "
7 hours ago
Julieanne Cook replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Not sure how to proceed
"So would mineral deficiency also explain why she hasn't come into heat in the past 4 months? "
8 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Not sure how to proceed
"If she lost her pregnancy, it could be because she's deficient in copper and/or selenium. About a month before kidding is when you should see an udder start to develop, so it could still happen."
8 hours ago
Julieanne Cook replied to Mary's discussion CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME... I AM NEW
"I'm not sure of your question. Also, if you are not milking, why did you bottle-feed the kids?"
9 hours ago
Julieanne Cook posted a discussion

Not sure how to proceed

My doe, Juniper, was bred on January 16, giving her a due date in about 5 weeks. She seemed to be changing and acting pregnant the first couple of months with changes in her behavior and food intake. However, now she doesn't seem pregnant at all. Her teats are getting larger, but there's no accompanying "pooch" to suggest she's forming an udder. She's not getting noticeably bigger in her abdominal area, it's been about the same for over a month. The only real sign that she might be pregnant is…See More
9 hours ago
Mary posted a discussion

CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME... I AM NEW

can someone explain this to me.. I have Nigerian goats.. I have two does that gave birth to triplets and one that had quads... In the month of feb... the babies were bottle feed and the does were dried off.. it is now the month of May.. I notice one of them were its udder was filling up .. but just a little .. so I didn't bother with it .. but I had to today as it was filling up more .. So I decided to see how milk she will give if any... she gave half a litre... I am surprise at the amount ..…See More
14 hours ago
Trish replied to Trish's discussion Opinions and experience advice needed
"Okay, I will have a shelter where the little one can get away safely.  One of my bucks has scurs the other horned. The one with scurs has knocked off most of the horned goats horns..  LOL I can keep the little one w/the wether in another…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion Possible Scurs?
"It's really tough to figure out what I'm seeing in the pictures because there's no depth. Your description sounds like scurs. Once the scabs fall off, they should be flat. If you want to reburn them, however, it needs to be done ASAP,…"
yesterday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Mary's discussion I am new to Nigerian goats and i was wondering about there breeding
"Here is a gestation calculator. Be sure to click on "Miniature Breeds" -- http://www.americangoatsociety.com/education/gestation_calculator.php?Gestate=145"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Trish's discussion Opinions and experience advice needed
"We have had as many as nine bucks together with no problems. However, all of our bucks are either disbudded or polled. Having horned and non-horned animals together makes me nervous. There is no problem leaving a buck with mom for two months. I…"
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Joy Davis McBride liked Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres's discussion My Goat Kit
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Emily replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Salt Lick vs. Loose Minerals
"Mine has access to free-choice Sweetlix meat maker minerals and I also give him COWP (Copper Oxide Wire Particles) every 3 months and he has a beautiful soft coat! Other than that he just gets costal hay and whatever browse he wants from his pasture…"
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Bethany Wilks replied to Bethany Wilks's discussion Seeking Advice on my Upcoming Doe purchase
"Thanks!  Now if WSU will get their act together and hurry up with the Johnes testing, just waiting on that before I go pick up my girls!"
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Trish replied to Trish's discussion Opinions and experience advice needed
"Okay.Thank you so much for the clarifying answers...awesome... I don't want to wether him as I want to use him as a 3rd herd sire.  I have watched my two current bucks throughout the years.  They fight pretty bad during rutt for…"
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Not sure how to proceed

Started by Julieanne Cook in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 3 hours ago. 6 Replies

My doe, Juniper, was bred on January 16, giving her a due date in about 5 weeks. She seemed to be changing and acting pregnant the first couple of months with changes in her behavior and food intake. However, now she doesn't seem pregnant at all.…Continue

CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME... I AM NEW

Started by Mary in Kidding. Last reply by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres 7 hours ago. 2 Replies

can someone explain this to me.. I have Nigerian goats.. I have two does that gave birth to triplets and one that had quads... In the month of feb... the babies were bottle feed and the does were dried off.. it is now the month of May.. I notice one…Continue

Opinions and experience advice needed

Started by Trish in Goats 101. Last reply by Trish yesterday. 4 Replies

I have two nigerian dwarf bucks, registered,  2 years old.  one has horns the other scurs.  They get along fine until rutt and I think we all know what that entails.My questions is... My kidding this morning gave me a nice buckling and doeling…Continue

Possible Scurs?

Started by James Tinker in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 4 Replies

Since I have not ever saw horn or scur growth I have no idea if they are or not. On the sandy colored one, first photo, one side feels very flat, and the other is almost flat with a ridge on the top. On the darker one, well lets just say they look…Continue

I am new to Nigerian goats and i was wondering about there breeding

Started by Mary in Breeding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 3 Replies

I am new to Nigerian goats and I understand they  cycle every month all year round.. I have a buck that is with the girls.. I seen him breed one of them today.. I was wondering when the babies are born.. will they cycle again in month after having…Continue

Salt Lick vs. Loose Minerals

Started by Jabe Thomas in Goats 101. Last reply by Emily yesterday. 5 Replies

I would appreciate some feedback here. Our family recently added two wethers (Lewis and Clark) to our quiver and would like some advice on supplements. The woman we purchased the goats from is a great source of knowledge and has been raising…Continue

Seeking Advice on my Upcoming Doe purchase

Started by Bethany Wilks in Home Dairy. Last reply by Bethany Wilks yesterday. 5 Replies

I have three Nigerian does they are doing well, but I am impatient for milk so I am looking at getting two Mini-Nubians (f1).  They both recently kidded and are being milked with a henry milker twice a day.  I am looking for advice on making the…Continue

Off topic: Racing goats in Aussie

Started by Glenna Rose in Introductions on Tuesday. 0 Replies

More than a little off-topic but I was certain you would love this.…Continue

Newbie deciding on goats...

Started by Michelle Anderson in Goats 101. Last reply by Michelle Anderson on Monday. 3 Replies

Hello!We've finally closed on our property and will be moving in a couple weeks. Our goals for having goats is to help keep the weeds down and be buddies for our daughters. At this point, we don't plan to milk, but might consider that for the…Continue

Breeding question

Started by Koni Stoddard in Breeding. Last reply by Rachel Whetzel at MigMog Acres on Monday. 17 Replies

Anyone have instances where a doe is bred and then still shows standing heat signs in three weeks? I have a doe that was bred in November and then rebred in December because she was in standing heat. She is two months away from her kidding date from…Continue

Blog Posts

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?

Building a Goat Maze to maxamize Browse on one acre

Posted by Paul Badon on April 25, 2015 at 7:40pm 1 Comment

Am interested in developing a Permaculture version of raising Nigerian Dwarfs for my own use not a business............ I am on Face Book as Permaculture for Georgia........ I like to call my Effort The Goat Maze Home of the Amazing Goats.My effort is 10 does one billy and babies only once a year........ My Goat Maze is on one acre , the pens are set up with 10 plastic tote houses in the center with browsing sections that look like a orange cut…
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how old to breed

Posted by Dion Walters on April 23, 2015 at 10:40pm 3 Comments

what is right age for a buck to start breeding. i have a lamancha x nubian doe…

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