for people who love the littlest dairy goats
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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."