Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Jeffrey Wasserman replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"Before stomach bloating free choice hay, water, goat minerals and a small handful of goat grains or black sunflower seeds. Since bloating began only hay, minerals and water."
18 hours ago
Michael Garwood replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Mud in vagina?
"Years and years ago I was a paramedic. One of the really early rules I learned was "Treat the patient, not what you think" meaning more particularly, that one shouldn't medicate unnecessarily.  I don't mean to be flippant,…"
18 hours ago
Michael Garwood replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"What are you feeding them? (What is their normal diet?)"
19 hours ago
Jeffrey Wasserman replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"I should have mentioned that a fecal test was done and was negative for parasites."
21 hours ago
Julieanne Cook replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"I'd be more concerned about parasites than bloat.  Jess is right, if it were active bloat they would be critically ill by now. Leaves should not be hurting your goats, it's their natural diet.  It's possible they got…"
23 hours ago
Jess Johnson replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"If it were bloat, yes, I'd think they'd be dead by now. And they'd probably be feeling too ill to eat anything. Were lethargy and decreased appetite the initial symptoms, too? If those are more recent symptoms they could be in…"
yesterday
Jeffrey Wasserman replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"Symptoms started about a week ago. Treatment started last Wednesday. They are lethargic and not eating as much as usual"
yesterday
Jess Johnson replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"When did you first suspect bloat and when did the treatments start? Are they behaving abnormally? Or in distress?"
yesterday
Jeffrey Wasserman replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"That has been tried. I read that if it were true bloat they would have died already. Is that true?"
yesterday
Jess Johnson replied to Jeffrey Wasserman's discussion Goat bloat
"I can't speak from personal experience, but I've read more than a couple of times that giving them 1/4 cup of vegetable oil helps. Good luck."
yesterday
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Mud in vagina?
"My internal dialogue kept going between "They're pretty resilient" and "But there are things that can take them down in an hour." I was hoping not to use antibiotics as a precaution, and know most on this board…"
yesterday
Julieanne Cook replied to Tammy Griffen's discussion Fencing
"From what I understand, the chance of predation from bald eagles is pretty low. Presumably you have a water source nearby and they'd much rather eat fish than anything else. I would think if you can just rig up a tarp or something that your…"
yesterday
Tammy Griffen posted a discussion

Fencing

I am planning on how to build my fence to keep the goats safe but I am not sure what to do about the bald eagles. How do you keep them from taking the kids, do they stay away because of the adults? I have several nest in the woods behind my house and my chickens have several places in their run to hide do I need to set up places for the kids to hide will they know enough to hide. I am really stressed about this and I have not even got any goats. I have read about keeping them safe from dogs and…See More
Friday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Mud in vagina?
"Can't say I've ever experienced that exactly. We did once have a sow (pig) that gave birth, and a boar was trying to mate her a day or two later. I was really freaked out because there is an open wound where the placenta separated, so…"
Thursday
Jess Johnson posted a discussion

Mud in vagina?

One of my does is in heat today, so I left her and a buck alone outside while I did chores this morning.When I put her back with the other girls, I saw that her vulva was COVERED in mud.  There was also a bit of white discharge, so, knowing the buck did his job, I'm worried she may have some mud internally.  If so, should I be worried about infection?  Anything I should do for her as a precaution?Thanks!See More
Thursday
Janie Hynson left a comment for Sara Matyka
"Welcome to the group, Sara! "
Thursday
Sara Matyka is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Feeding goats when there's no grass
"I am so glad to hear that! :) FWIW, almost everyone calls me Deborah, although a few shorten it to Deb. I would say that it's not a big deal, except that when I see or hear Debbie, I honestly do not think that you're talking to me. I…"
Wednesday
Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Feeding goats when there's no grass
"Hi Debbie, I wanted to give some feed back on your feeding advice (sorry, couldn't resist the pun!).  THANK YOU!!  This simple tip has honestly transformed our days.  Instead of being stressed out about screaming goats, we just…"
Wednesday
Julieanne Cook replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion What's up with Hoegger's?
"It is pretty sad, especially in light of what you said about this being a business that was built by grandparents/parents for their children.  I guess I shouldn't complain too much because at least I finally got my order and I'm not…"
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Goat bloat

Started by Jeffrey Wasserman in Health. Last reply by Jeffrey Wasserman 18 hours ago. 10 Replies

My 3 1/2 month kids have bloat. The vet has seen them twice and given them several medications, including baking Soda, goat bloat, pro biotics nutrient supplements and more. Nothing seems to make any difference. Anyone have a suggestion?

Mud in vagina?

Started by Jess Johnson in Health. Last reply by Michael Garwood 18 hours ago. 3 Replies

One of my does is in heat today, so I left her and a buck alone outside while I did chores this morning.When I put her back with the other girls, I saw that her vulva was COVERED in mud.  There was also a bit of white discharge, so, knowing the buck…Continue

Fencing

Started by Tammy Griffen in Goats 101. Last reply by Julieanne Cook yesterday. 1 Reply

I am planning on how to build my fence to keep the goats safe but I am not sure what to do about the bald eagles. How do you keep them from taking the kids, do they stay away because of the adults? I have several nest in the woods behind my house…Continue

Feeding goats when there's no grass

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

Hi there,we're into dry season here in Nigeria so I'm giving my goats fresh leaves during the day, and dry food at night which is a mixture of bean pods and ground maize.  I find that the goats are very restless these days, always calling and…Continue

What's up with Hoegger's?

Started by Julieanne Cook in Goats 101. Last reply by Julieanne Cook on Wednesday. 15 Replies

I placed an order with Hoegger's on the 11th, and have never received any confirmation, let alone shipping information. I tried to call them but it says their 800 number is disconnected. I've also emailed customer service and have yet to get a…Continue

Cajeta = Heavenly!

Started by Julieanne Cook in Home Dairy. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea on Wednesday. 3 Replies

Oh my goodness, I made a batch of cajeta (goat milk caramel sauce) today and it is amazing! It's so complex, creamy and not overly sweet. It certainly wasn't hard to do and it only needs a few ingredients. Though it did take a couple of hours and…Continue

Winning over very skittish new kids

Started by K Spurgin in Goats 101. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea on Wednesday. 12 Replies

Hi all,Is it normal to have trouble bonding with/gaining the trust of new goats if you have other goats already? Or does it sound like my new babies are just particularly shy and scared? Either way, any advice for winning over super-skittish kids,…Continue

New and looking for information

Started by Tammy Griffen in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Wednesday. 7 Replies

I am looking to getting a small herd started this spring. I live in Western NY close to PA. I have decided I would like to get Nigerian Dwarfs because of their size and I have several health issues. I also have 5 small grandchildren and a grand…Continue

Feeding kids: amounts and schedule?

Started by K Spurgin in Goats 101. Last reply by K Spurgin on Wednesday. 2 Replies

My kids Delilah (back, doe) and Emerson (front, wether) are now 5.5 months old and doing pretty well.I know that growing babies need the extra protein from grain (I feed 17% protein goat feed pellets with a good calcium/phosphorus balance).HOWEVER,…Continue

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For those of us in the southeast US

Started by Julieanne Cook in Goats 101. Last reply by K Spurgin on Wednesday. 1 Reply

I was informed by my hay supplier that there will be a hay shortage in the southeast US due to the flooding in eastern NC a few months ago.  Don't know how bad it will be or how long it will last, but combined with the drought we're having in…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 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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My Mama goat is a squancher?

Posted by swampgardengrl on May 11, 2016 at 7:01am 1 Comment

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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