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Maggie posted a discussion

Bleeding during pregnancy

Last year I had a doe miscarry and Deborah mentioned that bleeding is not always a sign of miscarriage. The doe last year did miscarry but she bled bright red blood for 4 days. She was 8 weeks along. Now today I let my girls out of the barn to find another doe who is currently 13 weeks pregnant has some blood crusted on her tail and vulva. It was light and dried up so I just planned to keep an eye on her. A couple hours later she has some more brownish discharge just at the opening of her…See More
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Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"Thank you! Yes I’ve made a lot of changes even in just the last couple of months and that includes a lot longer quarantines. I appreciate your input and info and as always if I gain any new information from these girls or have any updates…"
Nov 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"Maybe you were thinking like me back in 2004 -- as long as I'm buying from herds that are tested negative for diseases, I don't have to quarantine. And then I learned that it's not that simple. I bought two new bucks this summer, and…"
Nov 27
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"Once again problems bought and sold… the other doeling that is very small was a purchase. She had a bad case of diarrhea on her trip out to me from her original farm. She still had a little the day she got here but I gave some corid and it…"
Nov 27
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"As the old vet adage says ... most problems are bought and sold. It definitely sounds like those two bucks brought in the parasite problem.  Did that doeling have a case of coccidiosis around two months of age? Sometimes that can damage the…"
Nov 26
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"To be honest I think you’re exactly right about bringing them in and I’m even almost 100% certain which two bucks brought me this problem. Both of them are now dead, one of them is the buck originally discussed in this post. I never used…"
Nov 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"Here is more information about Goats 365: https://thriftyhomesteader.teachable.com/p/goats-365 It includes access to six courses, including Parasites, which includes interviews with vet professors and researchers about the nitty gritty of worms and…"
Nov 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"If all of your goats came from California and the previous owner did NOT have goats on the pastures, then your goats have the worms they brought with them from California. It make no difference what anyone else in your area has on their farm --…"
Nov 25
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"Yes his black turns red his red turns gold then white if I let it go. I just didn’t have a more extreme picture because I try to give him copper as soon as he starts looking bad again. At his worst he was so faded he looked like a completely…"
Nov 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"This is why tapeworms get blamed for causing problems -- because you can see them. You can't see barber pole worms or any of the other roundworms, and you can't see coccidia. My kids are 25 pounds by 2-3 months so this is not a new problem…"
Nov 24
Kim replied to Kim's discussion Hay for wethers
"Thank you so much! Very helpful information!"
Nov 24
Tammy Gallagher replied to Kim's discussion Hay for wethers
"Hi Kim- yes, high calcium diets can certainly contribute to stone formation for the boys. They are called calcium carbonate stones, where those formed from high grain consumption are typically struvite or apatite stones. The good news is that…"
Nov 24
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"Essentially yes the whole year that I have had him he has been sick on and off continuously. It was frustrating and honestly I am not surprised that he ended up dying yet I want to learn as much as I can to help better serve the rest of my…"
Nov 24
Kim posted a discussion

Hay for wethers

Hi. I have 2 ND wethers that have been on straight grass hay and Timothy or Orchard grass pellets. I have only been able to find a 50/50 alfalfa/orchard and Timothy hay mix to get through winter and spring. I know they shouldn't have straight alfalfa hay because of the high calcium content. Is a mix still a problem? I have added a little extra pellets and a little less hay to compensate, or is this necessary? I am more concerned with urinary calculi than copper deficiency. I use COWP and high…See More
Nov 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"If I understand correctly, he was 2 year old, and you got him when he was a year, and he has been sick a lot over that year? It's tough when you get a goat from someone else because you may not know what kind of supplementing and deworming…"
Nov 23
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Nigerian Dwarf double teat
"Hopefully if she is bred to different bucks you won't see any more teat defects from her. The genetics for teat defects in dairy goats is pretty rare since people breed against that. "
Nov 23
Maggie replied to Maggie's discussion Copper toxicity
"Thank you! I probably had the days wrong because the last time I had given safeguard it was for tapeworms. That’s the thing is that I hadn’t wormed him or given him copper in several months and he is the only one that had continually had…"
Nov 23
GINGER K BRAUN replied to GINGER K BRAUN's discussion Nigerian Dwarf double teat
"The buck has already sold and none of his other kids from my breeding or other breedings have the defect. The new buck owner was going to buy this dam but we cancelled that to prevent it from appearing again. This is the dams 2nd freshening. Should…"
Nov 23
 

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Bleeding during pregnancy

Started by Maggie in Kidding 4 hours ago. 0 Replies

Last year I had a doe miscarry and Deborah mentioned that bleeding is not always a sign of miscarriage. The doe last year did miscarry but she bled bright red blood for 4 days. She was 8 weeks along. Now today I let my girls out of the barn to find…Continue

Copper toxicity

Started by Maggie in Health. Last reply by Maggie Nov 27. 13 Replies

I recently lost a goat and was shocked by the necropsy findings so I have some questions. This particular goat has had issues with parasites a lot over his two years of life. When he started having diarrhea I went ahead and wormed him and treated…Continue

Hay for wethers

Started by Kim in Goats 101. Last reply by Kim Nov 24. 2 Replies

Hi. I have 2 ND wethers that have been on straight grass hay and Timothy or Orchard grass pellets. I have only been able to find a 50/50 alfalfa/orchard and Timothy hay mix to get through winter and spring. I know they shouldn't have straight…Continue

Nigerian Dwarf double teat

Started by GINGER K BRAUN in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Nov 23. 3 Replies

I was shocked to see this on my doeling. Her dam was born here and she is 5th generation on my farm. Her sire was also born here and he is 3rd generation. No issues with teats from any that Ive bred. I have plenty of relatives and never an inkling…Continue

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Feeding and shelter questions

Started by Jenny in Goats 101. Last reply by Jenny Nov 17. 7 Replies

Hi! We are planning on purchasing 2 does and I want to make sure we are prepared with everything we need. We have 11 acres of overgrown pasture and plan on using a premier one movable fence to rotate them on the pasture. With so much food available…Continue

Milking Stand Size/Plan Question

Started by Ann Bodling in Goats 101. Last reply by Ann Bodling Nov 7. 2 Replies

Hi again,    Though I only have wethers I've been wanting to make or have made a milking stand for reasons other than milking. My question is...I have seen plans from people milking larger goats and am wondering whether the dimensions would still be…Continue

False Negative?

Started by Maggie in Breeding. Last reply by Tammy Gallagher Nov 6. 1 Reply

Ok ladies I have a doe who is typically very regular in her heat cycles. She came into heat at the end of September and I AI’d her. I thought I got the timing really well but it’s still AI so I wasn’t betting on a sure thing. Three weeks passed and…Continue

Overweight Wethers?

Started by Ann Bodling in Health. Last reply by Ann Bodling Nov 5. 8 Replies

Hi everyone. It has been quite a while since I posted with a question. My 4 wethers are now about 11 months old, more or less. I may have made a mistake a while back when they outgrew their earlier grain ration and I introduced timothy pellets…Continue

Choosing a Goat Breed for Your Farm

Started by Thrifty Homesteader in Goats 101 Nov 3. 0 Replies

It can be so challenging to choose a breed of goat to raise. But you should not choose your goats like you choose pets,…Continue

Stillborn kids

Started by Jodie in Introductions. Last reply by Jodie Oct 17. 7 Replies

My 4 year old Nigerian doe kidded for the first time in June. She was bred to a Nigerian buck that stays in the pen with my does at all times so I am unsure how far along in pregnancy she was. Her kids were stillborn. The first kid appeared to be…Continue

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Posted by kenneth spear on December 19, 2020 at 9:49am 0 Comments

 our girls are really getting big now, and showing . they will be due late March early April, we r so excited .  we wanted, to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.   will keep u all posted later, bout our girls

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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