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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jabe Thomas's discussion Hair loss around ears
"Did the hair loss just show up? Looks like she is losing her cashmere winter coat, so I'm wondering if this is just seasonal shedding, and she will look great in 2-3 weeks?"
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Hair loss around ears

I've got a doe who kidded a couple of weeks ago who has hair loss around her ears. Not just a patch, but pretty much hair loss on the whole ear, both of them. The hair loss forms a circle at the base of the ear where the hair loss begins and ends. I will include a picture. We do things as naturally as we can throughout the year to combat internal/external parasites, and try to stay on top of health issues. Having said that, I did treat her with CyLense yesterday... and having checked under her…See More
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Nathan left a comment for Aimelyn Trasmonte Pael
"Thanks for the addition to the group!  We have Miss Marvel (almost 2), her two babies, Jackson and Penny and then two other sisters, Thelma and Louise.  "
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Aimelyn Trasmonte Pael left a comment for Nathan
"Welcome to the group! Hope you'll take a moment to introduce yourself and your goats in the forum!"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Preparing for bottle babies
"When we only had a few goats, we would get all of them accustomed to jumping up on the milk stand during pregnancy by giving them a handful of grain in the feed pan on there. That way they would happily jump up there after freshening. "
Mar 29
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Aaron White's discussion Doe with cough and fever
"It's been years since I used it because it's been years since I had a goat with a cough, but I'm pretty sure it's fine for pregnant does. As I recall you just put a drop on each nostril. It's Canada balsam, camphor, oil…"
Mar 29
Melissa replied to Aaron White's discussion Doe with cough and fever
"Our two does have had an awful cough since the beginning of January, with no other symptoms.  We started them on LA-200 as directed by the breeder we got them goats from and that didn't clear it up.  We took them to the vet who said…"
Mar 26
Melissa replied to Melissa's discussion Preparing for bottle babies
"Thank you for all of that great information!  Our two girls are sisters and were triplets, so hopefully they will only have one or two kids to start.  We have never milked before, so that is probably something we should be preparing for…"
Mar 26
Melissa replied to Melissa's discussion Hello!
"That is so great, Deborah!  Even though the goats were supposed to be my daughters "thing" we have all enjoyed them tremendously!  I can see myself in your shoes in a few years when she heads off to college and leaves the goaties…"
Mar 26
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion Excessive butting
"Are they pregnant? Is the local hay alfalfa or grass? I'm afraid there's not much you can do about them fighting. Trying to get between fighting goats can wind up getting you injured. And you can't be with them 24/7, so that's a…"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Preparing for bottle babies
"First I want to assure you that you probably won't have any bottle babies. Very few NDs reject their kids or die immediately after birth. Even if they have a c-section, which is < 1%, they can still nurse their kids. First fresheners rarely…"
Mar 26
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Melissa's discussion Hello!
"Welcome to the group! My daughters had so much fun with our goats. In fact, it's their fault that we wound up with so many! Then they grew up and left me with a couple dozen milkers! But it was a wonderful experience for them. And my youngest…"
Mar 26
Melissa replied to Melissa's discussion Preparing for bottle babies
"I should add too, that when we got our does that were bottle babies they were fed raw cows milk.  Is that the best option (other then mama goats milk)?"
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"Welcome to the group!"
Mar 25
Barbara Jean Rondine replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion Excessive butting
"Thank you so much for your response. There seems to be no special time that they butt, although this has been a cold and snowy winter, so they are in the barn more than ever before. I do a daily cleaning after feeding and try to stop the hard hits.…"
Mar 24
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Barbara Jean Rondine's discussion Excessive butting
"It can be normal behavior. I have been amazed by how resilient kids can be in utero. I've been worried a few times about pregnant does being bullied, but it only caused a problem once. I had a doe go into labor at about day 136 or 137. The kids…"
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Hair loss around ears

Started by Jabe Thomas in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle yesterday. 1 Reply

I've got a doe who kidded a couple of weeks ago who has hair loss around her ears. Not just a patch, but pretty much hair loss on the whole ear, both of them. The hair loss forms a circle at the base of the ear where the hair loss begins and ends. I…Continue

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Preparing for bottle babies

Started by Melissa in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 29. 4 Replies

I want to be prepared in case we end up having bottle babies when our does kid in late April.  I've read that the kids (should) get colostrum right away.  Both of our does are FF and this is our first time having kids.  Both of our does came to us…Continue

Doe with cough and fever

Started by Aaron White in Health. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 29. 5 Replies

I have a 11 month old Nigerian doe who has had a hacking cough for a few days now. I grew concerned yesterday (I should have been concerned earlier I know) and took her temperature and in the morning it was 104.9. By the evening it had risen to…Continue

Hello!

Started by Melissa in Introductions. Last reply by Melissa Mar 26. 2 Replies

I am so happy to have found an active goat community, thank you for adding me!  My daughter (in the picture) has two nigerian dwarfs that are set to kid at the end of April.  This will be the first birth on our farm other then chickens and turkeys. …Continue

Excessive butting

Started by Barbara Jean Rondine in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 26. 3 Replies

My four females are butting each other for long times at a stretch,  say half an hour,  their heads show the effect by having bald spots appearing and my eldest, 7 years old is,  i hope, due in mid June.  I just saw her being hit in the stomach by…Continue

doe kid disbudding

Started by Trish in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 19. 1 Reply

Hi...  I'm getting ready to disbud female kid. she is 13 days old.  My previous disbudding has always left small scurs. This time I want to make sure.   I've been waiting for the "prick" to feel on the top but it's almost but not quite there. Do I…Continue

Quintuplets - Yikes! How long do I have until they need supplemental milk?

Started by Madeline Novak in Kidding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Mar 16. 4 Replies

Hello! Today my 4 year old doe kidded quintuplets - all 5 seem healthy. I read the article that Deborah wrote about a mother not being able to produce enough milk for all 5, which makes sense.  I am wondering, how long do I have, before I will need…Continue

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Extremely thin buck

Started by Maggie in Breeding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 20. 3 Replies

Guys I’m looking for suggestions on helping a buck fatten back up. He’s finished breeding for this year and while I know bucks tend to lose weight during rut his weight loss seems excessive. He is skin and bones. I’ve increased his hay and he always…Continue

Fertility

Started by Maggie in Breeding. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 17. 6 Replies

How potentially fertile is a two week old buck? I have a buckling that is acting as if he were in full rut. I’ve never had one act like this so early. Tongue flapping, blubbering, peeing, and now attempting to mount any goat near him. Should I be…Continue

Site hacked?

Started by Danny Villa in Introductions. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Feb 15. 2 Replies

I along with many others received messages from one person that looks like a spam/scam situation in the last couple of hours. They either hacked the site or were accepted. May want to review or remove them from the site as they don’t seem to be here…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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