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Winding River Farm (Bev) replied to Emily Howe's discussion Overweight Doe
"Maybe sometimes it is just in their makeup to be on the chunky side or the opposite and be thin.    Just like we all are different.  I have 10 does and one girl and one of her daughters are all big.  I have had visitors ask when…"
10 hours ago
James Tinker replied to James Tinker's discussion A good read on Copper Defeciency
"thanks for the information, i did not realize that it was so old. "
16 hours ago
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease
"Thank you Deborah, for your thoughtful response. You make very good points. I guess I'll never know what was going on with her. I will read your chapter on selenium deficiency and look for other signs in my goats. They all seem very healthy. I…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease
"I got on Facebook and found your video. Honestly, from simply watching the video, there are all sorts of things that could have been wrong with her, which is why you had so many people saying so many different things. The person who said pinched…"
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Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease
"She had been nursing fine for 2 days. On this 3rd day I witnessed them both nursing multiple times during the day. When I discovered her problem, she would walk a few steps and then plop down. Then she laid out flat on her side and wiggled around…"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle liked Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Field Trip Fun
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease
"Wow! You ARE lucky you didn't get much of the BoSe in her! The dose for a newborn ND is 0.1 or 0.2 cc, so 1 cc would be 5 to 10 times too much. Many years ago we had twins that seemed like they just would not "wake up" after they were…"
Tuesday
Julia @Woody Glen Farm replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease
"Yes it was from Caprine Supply and I also noticed it is not available anymore. I wonder if she just didn't eat it... This was my 12th kidding and the first with a selenium deficiency problem.  I'm also wondering what your thoughts are…"
Tuesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to James Tinker's discussion A good read on Copper Defeciency
"I'm glad you shared this. I have really mixed feelings about this website. More than 10 years ago when we were having trouble with copper deficiency, this was one of the only bits of information I could find about the problem. I'm very…"
Tuesday
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease
"We used to do 2 cc for an adult ND doe. The usual dose is 1 cc per 40 pounds. However, I quit giving injections after I started using the selenium-e free choice. If this has only happened with one doe, I'd be wondering why she didn't get…"
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Julieanne Cook liked Naomi D'Andrea's discussion Field Trip Fun
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Naomi D'Andrea posted a discussion

Field Trip Fun

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 mind for our own goats' future, and just got lots of little ideas in general.Hooray for Hoosier goats!See More
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Emily replied to Julia @Woody Glen Farm's discussion Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease
"Ugh I'm so sorry you're dealing with this :( I have the Selenium powder too but I also have been giving my pregnant does 5cc of Replamin Gel Plus every week and that has selenium in it too. I'm glad the two remaining doe kids are…"
Monday
Julia @Woody Glen Farm posted a discussion

Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease

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 and strong and stood right up. But on day 3, one of them suddenly had weak legs and was staggering. She would walk a few steps and then flop down. When she stood, she would stretch out her back legs behind her. I got a video of her laying down and…See More
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to James Tinker's discussion A good read on Copper Defeciency
"Thanks for the link!"
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Problem child Daphne finally kidded
"Congratulations! We have a line of does that kid like that. They make it look way too easy. :-) In the future, if you see a lot of stuff hanging out, that generally means the doe is done, and the placenta is starting to release. Between kids, there…"
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Naomi D'Andrea replied to Julieanne Cook's discussion Problem child Daphne finally kidded
"Hooray! Congratulations to all."
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Julieanne Cook posted a discussion

Problem child Daphne finally kidded

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 the same at evening feeding. When I went back out at about 8:30 I saw her standing off by herself so I shined the flashlight on her. Sure enough, there was a kid beside her and she had something hanging out. I rushed in to get my kidding kit and a…See More
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Overweight Doe

Started by Emily Howe in Health. Last reply by Winding River Farm (Bev) 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

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

A good read on Copper Defeciency

Started by James Tinker in Health. Last reply by James Tinker 16 hours ago. 3 Replies

Here is a good read on copperhttp://www.saanendoah.com/copper1.htmlContinue

Weak kid 3 days old--selenium deficiency-- white muscle disease

Started by Julia @Woody Glen Farm in Health. Last reply by Julia @Woody Glen Farm yesterday. 7 Replies

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

Tags: disease, muscle, white, deficiency, selenium

Field Trip Fun

Started by Naomi D'Andrea in Goat Friends on Monday. 0 Replies

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

Problem child Daphne finally kidded

Started by Julieanne Cook in Birth Announcements!. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on Saturday. 2 Replies

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

Feeding a doe in milk

Started by Tammy Lee Birrer in Goats 101. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jun 21. 13 Replies

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

Nigerian Dwarf kids & Yearlings --INDIANA

Started by Ruth Goode in For Sale. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea Jun 20. 3 Replies

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

Tags: Wether, Bucks, Does

Kitchen Inspiration

Started by Kali Sink in Home Dairy. Last reply by Naomi D'Andrea Jun 20. 2 Replies

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

Abnormally fast heart rate

Started by Ruth Goode in Health. Last reply by Ruth Goode Jun 20. 6 Replies

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

Prolapsed vagina, cervix, rectumand to kid soon

Started by Kristina Conrad in Kidding. Last reply by Elizabeth Sullivan Jun 18. 7 Replies

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

Tags: kidding, soon, and, rectum, vagina

Blog Posts

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 0 Comments

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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My Mama goat is a squancher?

Posted by swampgardengrl on May 11, 2016 at 7:01am 0 Comments

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…

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Our Herd has a Name

Posted by Naomi D'Andrea on February 26, 2016 at 6:32pm 0 Comments

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."

These…

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