for people who love the littlest dairy goats
I've just spent time searching for copper dosages. In the past, I have given 1/2 capsule to adults and 1/4 to youngsters. Now that I know how heavy Ginger (3 years old) is compared to Summer (4 years old and milking), I am thinking this might not…Continue
Yes, I have been on here for 4 years learning all that I can and just this past week got my first NDs. 2 little bucklings (for now) Patches and Goldie. Goldie is the one my son is feeding and Patches is the other. they are about days old.…Continue
Okay, I am almost at wit's end. The test results are back showing Dancer, my almost two-year-old, is not pregnant. Ginger miscarried last week so is not pregnant. As far as I know, there are no mineral issues. They were both with the same…Continue
Can animals intuitively balance their diets? Earlier studies in this area said no, even though many organic and grassfed cattle producers have sworn by cafeteria-style minerals for a very long time. This article explains how earlier studies were…Continue
I have a friend who is likely going to post some questions on the list shortly. Meanwhile - I just can't stand the suspense....to hear what people think the answer is.Two wethers, dry flakey skin and loss of hair on legs. Sounds like rest of body is…Continue
I have a 2nd freshener who is at day 145 and has absolutely no udder. Should I be concerned? She has no signs of "getting close." She has no swollen back end, no soft ligaments, she isn't even big...My other doe, a ff is at day 141 and has a huge…Continue
Recently I've been asked a LOT about my movable pens, so I thought I'd start a discussion forum about this and help explain better, that way people have a place to refer to. First off, here is a picture of my famous fence (thanks to my engineer…Continue
We butchered our first goat kid today. I am really looking forward to more after tonight's dinner! We tried a couple of chops, the heart and the liver. I liked the liver best, hubby the heart and chops and kids the chops. Here are the stats:It…Continue
My little triplets are going to be a week old in 2 days and I'm gonna try my hand at disbudding, but I have a few questions.I have two boys and one girl. I've been paying close attention to the boys' buds and they seem to be relatively unchanged…Continue
Lately I've been wondering if the adage about being able to tell if your pregnant doe is going to have boys because she acts "bucky" while she's pregnant is true. Juniper is being such a bossy girl lately! Her previously shy temperament is going away, and she is bossing Pokey around all the time now. She mounts him, chases him and antagonizes him by nipping at his legs and sides. She also goes around stamping her hoof a lot, not something she used to do. It's so funny. I guess if she does…Continue
Today was rainy so I didn't get to spend much time with the goats, which is a shame because that's usually my favorite time of day. But the time I did get with them was, um, challenging. That is to say that Pokey thought he could jump up on me and try to climb on me when I was sitting down. And that he'd attempt that coming from a full run! Wow did that hurt. I kept pushing him off and giving a firm "NO" but it still took 3 tries to get him to stop. He reminds me of an adolescent boy…Continue
Yesterday I noticed that Juniper is growing a beard! She looks so cute with her whiskers. I wonder why Pokey isn't growing one, considering he's the boy. I guess it's hit and miss. He sure has the full neck and shoulders hair that intact bucks have, though. I just can't get over how soft and lush their coats are. I'd always imagined goats having coarse coats, probably because of my previous experience with those poor pitiful petting zoo goats.
Juni is getting leggy now,…Continue
I'd like to start jotting down all the cute and interesting things that are going on with my duo. It's mostly just for myself, so I can remember the things they do and stuff that happens in my ND goat adventure.
Today they were somewhat jumpy, especially Pokey. I wonder if something got close to their pen last night, or earlier today when I was out running errands. After the incidents with the stray dogs last weekend, I really worry. I'll have to take action if I see those…Continue