for people who love the littlest dairy goats
I own a 2 year old doe that is very healthy and active. She is turned out for several hours a day on a grass and alfalfa pasture and she has free choice mineral and grass hay in her pen. The problem is that when I feel her ribs to check her weight,…Continue
My doe had triplets 3 days ago-- ALL girls. But one baby who was born first and butt first breech was terribly weak at birth and try as we might we couldn't get her going. She just didn't seem to have the strength to breathe. The other two were fine…Continue
I just want to give a special shout-out to Ruth Goode for letting Willow and me tour her farm and see her kids! It's fun to put a face with an online profile, and her farm is such a sweet, pleasant place. We learned a couple new things to keep in…Continue
Well, the "is she or isn't she" with Daphne was decided last night when she kidded completely unexpectedly. I noticed she had really bagged up in the morning but she was happy and content, eating well and no signs of discharge or distress. She was…Continue
Hi,I have a question about the grain you all use for when you have a doe in milk. I have always used a goat ration #16 percent protein. I have friends that say you shouldn't use a prepared feed but use whole grains, such as Barley, and they add…Continue
Sire: Olsen Acres ND MomBasa Doe Black and tan Buckskin with white markings born 5/22/16 Buck Gold with white markings born 5/22/16 Buck Buckskin Black and Tan born 5/25/16 Buck Buckskin Dark Brown and Tan born 5/25/16 Doe …Continue
Hello all!I'm looking for some ideas and inspiration on things to do with goats' milk. This is my first summer with a milker and aside from making my coffee delicious, I haven't done a whole lot with it. I'd love to try some cheeses, but with just…Continue
I have two sets of triplets born two weeks ago. All have seemed very healthy until yesterday. One Doelling has a very rapid heart rate with very rapid breathing. She is up and moving about but not with as much energy as the others. Last night I…Continue
So it has been a crazy week. My favorite doe was straining/pushing with a prolapsed vagina, cervix, and rectum on Tuesday morning, which required a trip to the vet. She is due June 26, over 2 weeks away still. The vet got everything back in and…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."