Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Phebe replied to Judy H's discussion Milk taste
"Does she show any signs of mineral deficiencies?"
6 hours ago
Phebe replied to Judy H's discussion Milk taste
"I would try a generous amount of BOSS, and see if that helps?"
6 hours ago
Patty Meyer replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
"Ginger's daughter, Johannah, kidded with triplets on Aprol 16.  Tonight they were exactly a week old when we weighed them. Birth               one week              …"
21 hours ago
Judy H posted a discussion

Milk taste

In November I purchased a new doe as I decided I want to improve my herd.  She is 4 years old, and has freshened twice before coming to me.  She was already bred when I bought her.  She comes from wonderful lines, and milk scores on both Dam and Sire's sides are great for many generations back.  She kidded with 2 lovely doelings and 1 handsome buckling who are now 7 weeks old, she is a fabulous mother and has the sweetest personality.  Last week I started milking her once a day, volume is…See More
21 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Lactation and ovulation
"Most people castrate at about two months of age for that reason."
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Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Lactation and ovulation
"Thanks! I'm more asking about her kids who are bucklings. One is being weathered this next month but the other isn't. I wanted to let them nurse as long as possible but didn't want to put her in the position to get pregnant again…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Lactation and ovulation
"There is no simple answer because it varies. I don't see my does in heat when they are nursing kids under 6 months, but it's also usually spring and summer then, and goats don't normally come into heat during that time anyway (unless…"
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Maggie posted a discussion

Lactation and ovulation

When should I expect my doe to come back into heat after giving birth? Does the fact that she is nursing her kids affect that?
yesterday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Theresa B's discussion Milk Production Expectations
"That's great!"
Thursday
Phebe replied to Theresa B's discussion Milk Production Expectations
"I have a FF right now giving 2 pounds per day at 359 days fresh. I'm not breeding her because I want to see how long she can keep this up."
Thursday
Patty Meyer replied to Deborah Niemann-Boehle's discussion Week one weight gain
"I thought I'd add another example since I've had to keep careful track of a couple sets of kids.  This doe's daughter, a first freshener who is going to be 2 in July, kidded on April 16.  I will add her triplets week one…"
Thursday
Jabe Thomas replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Whole vs. Rolled Oats
"Deborah: Thanks for the advice. I'm not necessarily wanting to mix my own grain, just "top dress" it a little, I guess. I've begun using Chaffhaye... mixing it with DuMor Sweet Feed. I also add about 1/2 cup to a cup of the Mana…"
Thursday
Patty Meyer replied to Teresa Seipel's discussion Hay
"Correct about the alfalfa. :)"
Thursday
Patty Meyer replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Triplets!
"Thanks! :)"
Thursday
Patty Meyer replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Triplets!
"The way they give birth seems to run in families like that sometimes.  This does grandmother had triplets and very, very quickly too.  Come to think of it, so did her mother.  I'm glad she isn't following her mother's…"
Thursday
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Triplets!
"How sweet! Congratulations!"
Wednesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Patty Meyer's discussion Triplets!
"Congratulations! Your story is amazing because that's almost exactly what happened here today. The only difference is that the doe never made a single sound -- nothing, nada, zilch! I suddenly heard a kid screaming over the monitor. It sounded…"
Wednesday
Patty Meyer posted a discussion

Triplets!

After taking a year off of breeding, we have 4 does kidding this year.  Our only ND doe kidded Easter evening.  She's a first freshener, turning two in July.  From the first sound that she was getting down to business to the time we got to the barn was maybe three minutes.  When we got there there were three kids in a puddle of goo, the last one still in intact membranes.  Crazy fast!!  She was so tiny that she didn't even look pregnant, so we were shocked that she had three, albeit very small,…See More
Wednesday
GettingKids replied to GettingKids's discussion Newbie GettingKids
"I went to see them again:) I want to at least get them used to me So we have less escape artists when they come home. They are very skittish but I'm making baby steps of progress. The twins let me touch them a tiny bit Although all the does are…"
Apr 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Daniella Lake's discussion Ligaments Gone for 23 hours
"Congratulations! What cute kids! Love those does that make it look so easy."
Apr 17
 

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Milk taste

Started by Judy H in Home Dairy. Last reply by Phebe 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

In November I purchased a new doe as I decided I want to improve my herd.  She is 4 years old, and has freshened twice before coming to me.  She was already bred when I bought her.  She comes from wonderful lines, and milk scores on both Dam and…Continue

Week one weight gain

Started by Deborah Niemann-Boehle in Kidding. Last reply by Patty Meyer 21 hours ago. 24 Replies

People have asked about newborn weight gain in the past, and I've said multiple times that I want to keep track of a kids' weights at some point, but I never got around to it ... until now! Actually my husband deserves the credit, and this is due to…Continue

Lactation and ovulation

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

When should I expect my doe to come back into heat after giving birth? Does the fact that she is nursing her kids affect that?

Milk Production Expectations

Started by Theresa B in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Thursday. 60 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

Whole vs. Rolled Oats

Started by Jabe Thomas in Goats 101. Last reply by Jabe Thomas on Thursday. 2 Replies

Any preference between whole and rolled oats as part of a grain mix for does? It seems the internet has mixed views. Go figure. If anyone has an opinion, I'd love to hear it.Continue

Hay

Started by Teresa Seipel in Goats 101. Last reply by Patty Meyer on Thursday. 3 Replies

Hello all! I currently feed my goats timothy hay because my horses eat it. They like it but is there another, less expensive, hay that they would like just as much? I'm in Southern California and the most readily available hays seem to be alfalfa,…Continue

Triplets!

Started by Patty Meyer in Birth Announcements!. Last reply by Patty Meyer on Thursday. 4 Replies

After taking a year off of breeding, we have 4 does kidding this year.  Our only ND doe kidded Easter evening.  She's a first freshener, turning two in July.  From the first sound that she was getting down to business to the time we got to the barn…Continue

Newbie GettingKids

Started by GettingKids in Introductions. Last reply by GettingKids Apr 17. 4 Replies

Hello, I am GettingKids. We have 3kids we are visiting until we get them. They are all wethers or at least they will be when we get them. We want pet lawn mowers. It's been a many great dream and is finally coming true :) My children and I are so…Continue

Ligaments Gone for 23 hours

Started by Daniella Lake in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Apr 17. 12 Replies

Should I worry or have a vet come out. My 2nd freshner lost her ligaments yesterday around 9-10am in the morning I checked frequently and they are still gone, she was also leaking colostrum... Even tho I am slightly new to this and this is my second…Continue

Evaluating Buckling

Started by Judy H in Breeding. Last reply by Judy H Apr 11. 4 Replies

Can someone point me towards a good source of information on how to evaluate a buckling?  I am not finding it in the archives, maybe I am not using the correct search terms.  I am improving my heard and until now have not had to do this, all my…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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