Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Janie Hynson left a comment for Stephanie Hart
"Welcome to the group, Stephanie! "
1 hour ago
Stephanie Hart is now a member of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats
1 hour ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"So sorry to hear that. It's really tough to save them when they're that small. You did everything you could. {hugs}"
19 hours ago
Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"Hi Deborah, this advice is so clear and helpful, thank you.  I've made note of it all for next time - sadly won't be needing it for now as she had a rough night and died this morning....................."
19 hours ago
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"With her being so tiny, I'm sure she can't take much at one time. Basically, she needs 10% of her bodyweight in 24 hours, so if she's only a pound, that's 1.6 ounces, which is not much. So, you'll need to feed her as often…"
yesterday
Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"Thanks Deborah,  that was great to watch, especially to see how you held them for feeding.  I'm trying to work out a feeding schedule, any suggestions?"
yesterday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"Wow! One pound?! You've got your work cut out for you. The smallest premie we've ever had was 1 pound, 5.5 ounces. Here's a video that shows you what she and her sister looked…"
yesterday
Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"Thanks Deborah.   What I've learnt so far: -a premie can still yell really loud! -she weighs half a kilo/one pound -she still can't walk, hold up her neck or open her eyes -she's feeding well, strong despite her challenges -I…"
yesterday
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"Congratulations, and so sorry you only had a short time to enjoy little Edward! Thanks again for your feedback. Yes, I felt that Will did an excellent job holding the kids as still as possible, I did a straightforward job of clamping, and saw no…"
Sep 12
Jess Johnson replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"I ended up feeling little bumps on the cords of the bucklings that were castrated a couple of weeks beforehand. Oh my god, I feel silly for not thinking of using my fingers to measure against! Seems so obvious. I observed what may be considered…"
Sep 9
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"I've never checked the testicles daily, so can't say how they feel or appear every day afterwards, but if they are all the same on all four testicles, then you probably did the deed because you only had doubts on one. So, it's likely…"
Sep 9
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"Thank you for your feedback, Deborah. I know sometimes you get busy and don't weigh in right away...but this time I hope the slight delay means you have been enjoying sweet little baby cuddles! I really should have thought of doing it right…"
Sep 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"Didn't see this until I'd posted my original answer. I'd go ahead and "measure" the scrotums now and then check again the day they leave. If one side failed, I'd think you'd feel the difference fairly quickly…"
Sep 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"We've never experienced a fail in goat kids, but I did have several failures in rams that I castrated at 6 months. I think it happened because they had wool on their scrotum, and I think that cushioned the cord enough to cause several to not…"
Sep 7
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Urinary calculi in 3.5 month wether
"An intestinal blockage is one of the only things that causes constipation in goats. And mineral oil or an enema usually does not do the trick because it's usually not something small enough for the goat to poop out -- which is why in that post,…"
Sep 7
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"Thanks for your feedback, Jess! Ugh--there's no way I'm doing it again unless I KNOW it has to be done. Trouble is, they're sold and leaving us next week. I suppose I'll have to just inform the buyers of my thoughts and if it…"
Sep 4
Jess Johnson replied to Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Burdizzo Possible Fail
"1. Yes, one testicle. 2. About a month. 3. It was obvious. This was on an 11 month old buckling, so I was making sure to take a good look once/week to make sure everything was shrinking. And after a month he was undeniably lopsided. 4. Don't…"
Sep 4
Naomi D'Andrea posted a discussion

Burdizzo Possible Fail

Hello all!Today Will and I castrated three kids using the Burdizzo emasculatome for the first time (last year we banded, but after extensive reading and deliberation, I decided to make the switch).I'm already glad we switched, because now I don't have to worry about infections and stinky rotten tissues!BUT. I observed that spermatic cords are reluctant to be crushed, and a person has to pay close attention to keeping them from slipping out of the clamp until the job is done. Trouble is, I…See More
Sep 4
Patty Meyer replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Urinary calculi in 3.5 month wether
"So, sreange thing... Yesterday some people who bought two doe kids from me this year called and asked for advice because one of them was constipated.  I was at work, but I wouldn't have had any great advice for them anyway.  I've…"
Sep 1
Janie Hynson and Deborah Eddleman are now friends
Aug 31
 

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Mother rejected kid

Started by Katharine Norton in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 19 hours ago. 11 Replies

Hi there, just had a doe deliver early today - 2 tiny kids that she just abandoned, didn't even lick them clean.  I found them and got them cleaned warmed up, one has since died - they are so tiny.  But one has survived, but it can't stand and the…Continue

Burdizzo Possible Fail

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Breeding. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea Sep 12. 8 Replies

Hello all!Today Will and I castrated three kids using the Burdizzo emasculatome for the first time (last year we banded, but after extensive reading and deliberation, I decided to make the switch).I'm already glad we switched, because now I don't…Continue

Tags: Failure, Emasculatome, Burdizzo, Castration

Urinary calculi in 3.5 month wether

Started by Jess Johnson in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 7. 4 Replies

A coworker got her first goat about 4.5 months ago when he was a day or two old (already disbudded and banded).She got the second one, who was dam raised and banded at 7 weeks, just over a month ago.A week and a half ago she asked me about…Continue

Introduction

Started by Deborah Eddleman in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Eddleman Aug 30. 4 Replies

Hello Everyone,I feel so silly because I'm having some trouble navigating this website. So, I do hope I'm doing this right, right now. Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I became a member a few weeks back but have been pretty busy. Just wanted to…Continue

Best Wishes to Deborah and Family!

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Kidding. Last reply by Patty Meyer Aug 29. 2 Replies

I was so excited to read that Deborah's family is expecting their first grandchild. I'm sending all the happy and healthy wishes your way! And hoping maybe there'll be a birth announcement of a different kind here on the forum!Continue

??Using meloxicam for pain???

Started by Crystal Parker in Health. Last reply by Crystal Parker Aug 27. 2 Replies

So I am fixing to band my boys.....pain???? I have Meloxicam left over from dogs. Does anyone know about how much I can give my 20 lbs NG's for the discomfort?Continue

New Mama

Started by Crystal Parker in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 26. 3 Replies

Hi y'all! New mama here. Well, somewhat! I adopted two ND's about 6 weeks ago, one a bottle fed and another straight off the mom. Both are boys (soon to be wethers....BTW I'm just learning all these new terms...LOL. They will be 13 wks. this coming…Continue

Doe adopts newborn days before she is due

Started by salviadorrii in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Aug 26. 6 Replies

  Hi   I have a doe due to freshen any day now. About 2 days ago she adopted a new born that her mother rejected. All seems to be going well with the 2. My question is any ideas of what to expect when this doe freshens with her own. She looks like…Continue

Proof That Nigerians Deserve to Show In Dairy

Started by Elyse Nicholson in Showing. Last reply by Neidt and Day Farm Aug 23. 5 Replies

Hello all my Nigerian loving friends!I need a little help and I'm hoping some of you can help. Recently, I was informed by a 4-Her I helped get started that her Nigerians were turned away for entry in the dairy goat show at her county 4-H show. She…Continue

Tags: dairy, 4-H, show

Interesting article on udder development and dam raising kids.

Started by Patty Meyer in Home Dairy. Last reply by Patty Meyer Aug 22. 4 Replies

One interesting point of view on udder/teat development.  Hope the link works.glimmercroft.com/Udder.htmlContinue

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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