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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Annieday's discussion How do you know when infection is gone??
"If she doesn't have hair around her eyes, that's copper deficiency. It's pretty obviously odd and just as simple as it sounds. Since I didn't see your doe in labor, it's hard to second guess everything. However, if you had…"
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Annieday replied to Annieday's discussion How do you know when infection is gone??
"That is strange about your poor doe- that must have been a hard decision. And for it to happen after everything seemed ok. Sometimes it's just a mystery - you never know what to expect! That is so amazing and comforting to hear your advice…"
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"Welcome to the group, Stacy! Thanks for joining."
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Annieday's discussion How do you know when infection is gone??
"We've only had one uterine infection that I recall, and it was as I said -- my daughter had her arm in the doe up to her elbow, and it took a long time to get things sorted out. The doe was off feed and had a raging fever in a day or two. She…"
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Annieday replied to Annieday's discussion How do you know when infection is gone??
"Deborah/ you’re not only helpful - you’re hilarious!:) that part about sniffing cracked me up! Just this morning I touched her “ kidding spot”, took my finger specimen in to get my sweet hubbys opinion of the smell - he…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Annieday's discussion How do you know when infection is gone??
"Thanks for joining the group! Your situation is very specific, so it wouldn't be answered in any book. First of all, your doe may have never gotten an infection. The only does we've ever had that got infections were those where we had our…"
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How do you know when infection is gone??

I wasn’t sure whether to put this in breeding or health - but here goes ...first - I’m so excited hubby just surprised me with Raising Goats Naturally AND Just Kidding!! It’s hard to stop reading - but I have a question - that may be answered in the books but thought I’d ask now...I have a doe that I had to pull kids on last March. After going through Denorah’s copper video course - I now suspect copper deficiency:(I was too busy taking care of a weak legged kid, that I didn’t lavage her…See More
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"It's the best of the options you have."
Sep 18
Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"I only have cows milk powder available, not fresh cows milk - would diluted milk powder be ok?  Or baby milk powder?"
Sep 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"Sounds about right for colostrum. Lots of people have raised kids on cow milk, so you could use that, but get as much colostrum into the kid as possible first. They sell copper in the U.K. Can you order from U.K. websites? Even in the US we have to…"
Sep 18
Katharine Norton replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"Hi Deborah,  it's her second delivery, last time she had a male with no such problems.  She is producing some liquid but it's quite thick and gross looking, almost like pus.  I'll give the milking a go, thanks for that…"
Sep 18
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Katharine Norton's discussion Mother rejected kid
"Since you're asking if this doe will ever accept kids, I'm assuming this is a first freshener. If anything goes wrong in the birth with FFs, they are very likely to ignore or reject the kids. Also, premies are often rejected with FFs…"
Sep 18
Katharine Norton posted a discussion

Mother rejected kid

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 mother won't let it milk.  So I have been holding the kid to the teat and letting it suck, it's a bit of a wrestling match though!  Any tips on this situation gratefully accepted, also how often to let it suck?  I'm not sure why she delivered early -…See More
Sep 18
Janie Hynson left a comment for Laurie Scaglione
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Sep 15
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
 

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How do you know when infection is gone??

Started by Annieday in Breeding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle 17 minutes ago. 5 Replies

I wasn’t sure whether to put this in breeding or health - but here goes ...first - I’m so excited hubby just surprised me with Raising Goats Naturally AND Just Kidding!! It’s hard to stop reading - but I have a question - that may be answered in the…Continue

Feeding horse feed

Started by Emily in Goats 101. Last reply by Emily Oct 11. 9 Replies

Does anyone here feed horse pellets instead of goat? I have been struggling with copper antagonists here like crazy and was getting very frustrated. I found out that the previous owners of our property were using sulfur powder to control the fire…Continue

Moveable fence and rain shelter photos

Started by Katharine Norton in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 9. 3 Replies

Hi therejust wanted to share these photos in case they are of use to anyone else.  We have an 8 piece moveable fence.  It's permanently tied at the corners but the middle ties on each side we loosen each day to lift 2 parts to the next square of…Continue

Mites

Started by Haley in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 9. 1 Reply

Because of some unforseen things my tiny herd had to be moved to another farm. We are ready to bring them home now, but are told they have mites. What is the best things I can do for mites. It has me worried.

Reference Book Recommendations

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Health. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea Oct 9. 2 Replies

All,I'm a little old-fashioned and still enjoy having real-live, genuine books around. Iam looking for recommendations for a "level up" reference book. I already have Raising Goats Naturally and Storey's Guide. I'm ready for something that goes a…Continue

Tags: Book, Parasitology, Reference

Seborrhea

Started by Katharine Norton in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 7. 1 Reply

Hi, I recently had a 3 month old male kid diagnosed with Seborrhea, wet dandruff. He was treated and it's dried up now and he's doing well but still has these bald patches on his skin.  Anyone know will they heal, will the hair grow back?  We were…Continue

Would You use this buck???

Started by Annieday in Breeding. Last reply by Annieday Oct 2. 6 Replies

I have a 1 1/2 year old buck that adore - at least his front 3/4! But I would like to put a new rear end on him! He looks like he has no width in his escutcheon at all. If he put both back feet together he would look like a pair of chopsticks!He has…Continue

Mastitis Questions

Started by Patty Meyer in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Oct 2. 11 Replies

Hi all,My best milking doe came down with a case of mastitis.  Last Friday, I should have detected it because her production on the infected side was noticeably lower.  But, I was very busy, prepping for a craft market, had to go to work, and trying…Continue

Mother rejected kid

Started by Katharine Norton in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 20. 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

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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